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"The Idea of a
Introduces Her Film
23 Apr 2017
Finding inspiration in
the true story of a woman whose father disappeared during the civilian-military
dictatorship in Argentina.
A free adaptation of Guadalupe Gaona’s
photo book: "Pozo de aire".
MUBI is showing Milagros Mumenthaler's film The
Idea of a Lake (2016) in most countries around the world from
April 23 - May 23, 2017 in partnership with Locarno Film Festival in Los
Five years after Back to Stay, Milagros
Mumenthaler, winner of the Golden Leopard, returns to Locarno with this
dreamlike family drama.
Once again, the central theme of
Swiss-Argentine director Milagros Mumenthaler’s latest film, The Idea of a Lake, presented in the official
competition of the 69th Locarno International Film Festival, is a return to the
family - that imperfect foundation on which we construct our own individual
identities; a fragile shelter in times of storm.
The Idea of a
Lake comes from the book by Guadalupe Gaona, Pozo de aire ("Air
Pocket"), an autobiographical work that focuses on the absence of her father,
who disappeared in March 1976, during the civilian-military dictatorship in
In order to respect the book—because of the author, for its
subject and due to the effect that it had on me—I knew from the very beginning
that the film had to be based in two axes: one, the documented material; and the
other one, the memory, where imagination and remembrance mingle and break into
This was the basis of the film and throughout all
the process of making it, I tried not to betray that spirit. I figured out a protagonist, Inés, who is trying
to finish a photo book of her father during the pregnancy of her first child.
What's going on through her mind? The need of giving answers to her future baby
moves her to try to find them herself. In that process, her own relationship
falters and a strong conflict between mother and daughter about the father's
I tried not to tell the historical-political
facts in order to focus on what the father figure leaves behind and how to live
with that absence.
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Idea of a Lake"(La idea de un
35-year old Inès is a
professional photographer. She decides to complete a book she is working on
before she gives birth to her first child. This photography project, related to
the memories of her childhood, always brings her back to the same place: the
family home in southern Argentina that shaped her youth and forged her
character. It also contains the only photo Inès still has of her with her
father, before he disappeared as a victim of the military dictatorship. This
photo is the starting point of a jigsaw puzzle of fragmentary memories about the
relationships Inès had with her mother and her brother.
by Milagros Mumenthaler
Cast: Juan Barberini,
Joaquín Pok, Juan Greppi, Malena Moiron, Rosario Bléfari y Carla
Release date: 07 abril 2017
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