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The Amazing Catfish

Los Insolitos Peces Gato

Mexico | 2013 | 89 minutes | Claudia Sainte-Luce

In the hospital for appendicitis, young supermarket clerk Claudia makes fast friends with Martha, a 46-year-old single mother of four. With little time left on this planet, Martha reaches out to lonely Claudia and invites her to join her family.

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When all you feel is alone, there is nothing more special that finding a person with whom to share your feelings. When 22-year-old Claudia, who lives by herself in Guadalajara, ends up in the emergency room with signs of appendicitis, she meets Martha lying on the bed next to her, where they bond over a shared bag of potato chips. After they’re discharged from the hospital, Martha spies Claudia walking home from her surgery and forces her to accept a ride home in her bright yellow Beetle. Always maintaining the best of spirits, Martha welcomes Claudia into her family of four wild children, where she’s quickly able to find her place in the tribe. Sadly, though Martha acts as the strong parental figure of this chaotic household of personalities, she is HIV-positive and slowly dying. As Martha weakens, Claudia’s bond with each family member grows stronger and stronger. With natural and inspired performances all-around, this heartwarming “bedside story” from first-time Mexican director Claudia Sainte-Luce explores the importance of generosity, responsibility, and family.

Director Biography

Claudia Sainte-Luce was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1982. She attended the University of Guadalajara where she studied visual arts. Her first short film, Death Announced (2006) won several awards at the Festival Expresion en Corto in Guanajuato. The Amazing Catfish is Sainte-Luce’s first feature-length film, which has already been awarded the First Cut Prize at Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires while still in post-production.

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Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce
Principal Cast: Ximena Ayala, Lisa Owen, Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillén, Andrea Baeza
Country: Mexico
Year: 2013
Running Time: 89 minutes
Producer: Geminiano Pineda
Screenplay: Claudia Sainte-Luce
Cinematographers: Agnès Godard
Editors: Santiago Ricci
Music: Madame Recamier
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Toronto Film Festival 2013 (FIPRESCI Prize),Baja International Film Festival 2013 (Best Film),Gijón International Film Festival 2013 (Special Jury Award),Locarno International Film Festival 2013 (Junior Jury Award)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Spanish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Strand Releasing
International Sales: Pyramide International
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