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Natural Sciences

Ciencias Naturales

Argentina | 2014 | 71 minutes | Matías Lucchesi

Twelve-year-old Lila doesn’t know her father’s name, but that doesn’t stop her from escaping her boarding school to look for him. Her kind teacher, Jimena, assists in this revelatory road movie.

May 28, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 2, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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12-year-old Lila is going to track down her father, no matter what. It doesn't matter that her mom won't help her, nor that she's stuck in a remote mountain boarding school during the middle of winter, nor that the only clue that she has to his whereabouts is a rusted company plaque—she's going to find him. Needless to say, her constant attempts to run away lead to problems at school, but when the headmistress threatens to expel Lila, a sympathetic teacher engineers an inspired plan to help Lila with her search. Together, the two set off on a journey that leads them through the surrounding Argentinean mountain towns, bringing them face-to-face with unexpected truths. Writer-director Matías Lucchesi and cinematographer Sebastian Ferrero shift between airy, open vistas and tight, confined spaces in order to convey the their character's physical and emotional quests. Paula Hertzog paints an impressive portrait of Lila in every scene, creating an assured performance that mixes dogged tenacity with compassion and surprising vulnerability. In his feature debut, Lucchesi has created a touching tale that explores the struggles of childhood loneliness and our primal, almost elemental need to come to terms with our origins.

Director Biography

Argentinian Matías Lucchesi studied theater, dramaturgy, and cinema. In 2007 his short film "Distancias" was awarded Best Short Film at the Biarritz Film Festival. Natural Sciences is Lucchesi's first feature-length film.

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Lambing Season

An American woman travels to the Irish countryside in search of her long-lost father, only to find her path full of sheep, secrets, and shenanigans.
Director: Matías Lucchesi
Principal Cast: Paula Hertzog, Paola Barrientos, Alvin Astorga, Arturo Goetz, Sergio Boris
Country: Argentina, France
Year: 2014
Running Time: 71 minutes
Producer: Matías Lucchesi, Juan Pablo Miller, Fabrice Lambot
Screenplay: Matías Lucchesi, Gonzalo Salaya
Cinematographers: Sebastian Ferrero
Editors: Delfina Castagnino
Music: Nacho Conde
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2014 (Grand Prize Generation KPlus), BAFICI 2014 (Feisal Award)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Spanish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Urban Distribution International
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