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Undertow (Contracorriente)

Director: Javier Fuentes-León

Writer: Javier Fuentes-León

CastManolo Cardona, 

Tatiana Astengo, Cristian Mercado

Duration: 1h 40min

Language: Spanish

Country: Peru, Colombia, France, Germany

Cert: 15

Year: 2009

Winner of multiple audience awards internationally, including the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Audience Award, UNDERTOW (Contracorriente) is a bittersweet tale of lost love, set against the backdrop of Peru's stunning coastline.


Miguel (Cristian Mercado, Che), a respected local fisherman, is expecting his first child with his beautiful wife, Mariela (Tatiana Astengo). However, their peaceful existence is threatened by Miguel's love for Santiago (Manolo Cardona, Narcos), a visiting artist whose presence is viewed as a threat by the villagers. When a fatal accident befalls the community, Miguel is faced with hiding his true feelings or coming to terms with who he is and risk losing everything, including those he loves.


Peruvian director Javier Fuentes-León's outstanding debut is both a ravishing portrait of a rural idyll and a moving exploration of the complexity of the human heart.

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Audience Award - World Cinema
Sundance Film Festival 2010
Audience Award - Best First Feature
Galway Film Fleadh 2010
Edinburgh Film Festival 2010
“a true gem" FILM OF THE WEEK ★★★★
Time Out
“touching, funny and ultimately uplifting" ★★★★
The Guardian
“a beautiful, intriguing film"
Irish Independent
“sexy, intimate and complex, this Peruvian fable refuses to embrace simple resolutions"
Gay Times
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