Film Year: 2022
Locations: Mexico, Peru
Film Length: 93 min.
Director: Michelle Garza Cervera
Featuring: Natalia Solián, Alfonso Dosal, Mayra Batalla
Best New Narrative and Nora Ephron Prize Winner, 2022 Tribeca Film Festival
After years of trying to conceive, Valeria and her husband Raúl are overjoyed to learn that they are finally about to become parents. But Valeria’s elation soon turns to dread, as terrifying visions lead her to believe she has been cursed by a sinister entity, “La Huesera.” As her picture-perfect life begins to splinter around her, her search for answers takes her back to a rebellious past and experimentation with the occult—embracing the dark magic that threatens to consume her might be the only way to rid herself of this spirit and safeguard her family’s future. Director Michelle Garza Cevera manages a daring balancing act in this intimate and accessible fable, which morphs from family drama, to thriller, and horror, while provocatively deploying folklore and witchcraft to explore the anxieties of early motherhood.
This film is part of The Highlighting Cinema of Mexico Focus supported by Mexican Cultural Institute in D.C.
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