Paulina García stars as a middle-aged woman whose staid life is transformed by an unexpected journey across Argentina, in the evocative and deeply affecting debut from Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato.
The Desert Bride

La novia del desierto
Director: Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato
Cast: Paulina García, Claudio Rissi
Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina

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The Desert Bride

“Arresting. A captivating two-hander, as soothing as a desert breeze.”
David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“A small delight. A delicate late-life love story that is also a tale about the empowerment, the film paints a diverse picture of an Argentinian society in transition. A perfect cinematic short story.”
Lee Marshall, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION – UN CERTAIN REGARD – 2017 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 TOULOUSE FILM FESTIVAL

Featuring a marvellous performance from Berlinale Best Actress winner Paulina García (Gloria), the debut feature from Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato is an evocative and deeply affecting story of a middle-aged woman whose staid life is transformed by an unexpected journey across Argentina.

Fifty-four year old Teresa (García) has worked for decades as the live-in maid for an upper class family in Buenos Aires. But when they can no longer afford to employ her, they find Teresa work with their in-laws, who live miles away in San Juan. Although daunted by the prospect of making a completely new life, she embarks on the trip. But at her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her small bag with all her belongings. The incident leads her to cross paths with Gringo (Claudio Rissi), a free-spirited door-to-door salesman, who offers to help. What seems like the end of the world may ultimately prove her salvation.

Gorgeously shot by acclaimed cinematographer Sergio Armstrong (Neruda) and observed with great delicacy and charm, THE DESERT BRIDE is a film full of simple pleasures and universal truths, and a seductive reminder that it’s never too late to discover a true identity.

The Desert Bride

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