SONG WITHOUT A NAME (CANCION SIN NOMBRE) New Auteurs

SONG WITHOUT A NAME (CANCION SIN NOMBRE)

Talent attending: Melina Léon (Director)

Inspired by actual events in 1988 Peru, Georgina is a 20-year-old indigenous woman whose newborn is kidnapped in a child-trafficking scheme where itinerant medical centers recruit impoverished pregnant women on the promise of cost-free childbirth services. Discouraged after repeated attempts to engage the police, Georgina persuades a journalist to investigate, bring the kidnappers to justice and return the children to their parents. For each, personal crises overshadow a heightening economic and political upheaval. An astoundingly assured debut from Melina León, SONG WITHOUT A NAME is photographed by TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG’s (AFI FEST 2018) Inti Briones with meticulously composed black and white cinematography that imparts a richness of texture and a luminescent glow, seeing an exquisite beauty in even the bleakest of realities. –Malin Kan

Melina León is a Peruvian director based in Lima and New York. Her short film EL PARAÍSO DE LILI premiered at the New York Film Festival and won 11 awards during its 20-plus festival run, including Best Latin American Film at the Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival. SONG WITHOUT A NAME is her feature debut and premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.

Maxwell Q. Wolkin
Film Movement
maxwell@filmmovement.com

Details

Country: Peru, Spain, USA, Chile

Year: 2019

Director: Melina Léon

Screenwriters: Melina Léon, Michael J. White

Producers: Inti Briones, Melina Léon, Michael J. White

Director of Photography: Inti Briones

Editors: Manuel Bauer, Melina León

Music: Pauchi Sasaki

Cast/Featuring: Pamela Mendoza Arpi, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas, Maykol Hernández, Lidia Quispe

Running Time (minutes): 97 min

Languges: Spanish, Quechua

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