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.