El Premio (The Prize)
Directed by Paula Markovitch
Cornerhouse, 10 March 2012
This film addresses Argentina’s fascist past through the experience of a child.
She’s a young girl called Ceci (played by the precociously talented Paula Galinelli Hertzog), who’s confused and broken by being unable to speak the truth.
Here fascism is a contaminant, its chief toxin an endemic fear, which poisons all relationships, including that between a daughter and her mother. It gets pretty intense, but the intensity is warranted. Paula Markovitch tells us that fascism can cause a child to feel she has lost her mother’s love. That being so, the bond of every human relationship becomes precarious. None, no one, is safe.
El Premio, a haunting and beautiful film, is showing again tomorrow and on Thursday 13 March as part of Viva, the Spanish and Latin American Film Festival. It’s simply unmissable.Explore posts in the same categories: Film review comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.