The Milk of Sorrow
A Peruvian teenager, born during the country's civil war and terrified of any male contact, accepts to work as a housemaid to earn enough money to bury her mother in their native village. Spare, oblique coming-of-age melodrama, with the handling and writing smartly integrating both documentary and poetical textures into what could otherwise be misconstrued as neo-realism or satire.
Wanda Visión presents an Oberon Cinematografica/Wanda Visión/Vela Producciones production, with the participation of Televisión Española; with the collaboration of Televisión de Catalunya, Ministerio de Cultura/ICAA, Institut de Credit a les Industries Culturels/Generalitat de Catalunya, Consejo Nacional para el Cine, Ibermedia Programme, Visions Sud Est; with the support of World Cinema Fund, Media Programme.
Starring Magaly Solier, Susi Sánchez, Efraín Solís, Marino Ballón, Delci Heredia, María del Pilar Guerrero.
Directed and written by Claudia Llosa; produced by Antonio Chavarrías, José María Morales, Ms. Llosa; music by Selma Mutal; director of photography (Citres, Image Film), Natasha Braier; art directors, Patricia Bueno, Susana Torres; costume designer, Ana Villanueva; film editor, Frank Gutiérrez.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Berlinale Palast (Berlin), February 12th 2009; distributor advance press screening, UCI El Corte Inglés 12 (Lisbon), June 21st 2010.