MATERNAL New Auteurs


Talent attending: Maura Delpero (Director)

Teenage mothers, Lu and Fati, live in a Catholic residence called Hogar in Buenos Aires with their children. Fati is pregnant with her second child after being raped and can’t go back home. One day Lu leaves the shelter to live with her boyfriend, abandoning her young daughter, Nina. When Sister Paola arrives to take her final vows, she is tasked with caring for Nina, bringing up her unresolved feelings of joy towards motherhood as she grows attached to the girl. The three women’s outlooks on the maternal experience transform as their lives intertwine in their protective, yet isolated, home.

Known for her nonfiction filmmaking, director Maura Delpero brings her stylistic approach to the drama, creating a contemplative, striking and complex portrait of womanhood and love. –Sarah Harris

After graduating in literature in Bologna and Paris, Maura Delpero studied dramaturgy and screenwriting in Buenos Aires. Her documentaries have won several awards in festivals all over the world and earned a nomination at the David di Donatello Awards. She also won Special Jury Mention at the Solinas Awards. MATERNAL is her narrative feature debut.

Nicolas Rebeschini


Country: Italy

Year: 2019

Director: Maura Delpero

Screenwriter: Maura Delpero

Producers: Alessandro Amato, Luigi Chimienti, Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Nicolás Avruj, Diego Lerman

Executive Producers: Nicolás Avruj, Alessandro Amato

Director of Photography: Soledad Rodriguez

Editors: Ilaria Fraioli, Luca Mattei

Production Designer: Yamila Fontán

Cast/Featuring: Lidiya Liberman, Denise Carrizo, Agustina Malale, Isabella Cilia, Alan Rivas, Livia Fernán, Marta Lubos, Renata Palminiello

Running Time (minutes): 91 min

Languages: Spanish, Italian