a film by Laura Citarella
The search for a missing woman unspools in two unexpectedly interconnected parts in Laura Citarella's playful new feature. The missing woman is Laura (Laura Paredes), a biologist cataloging plant species in and around the Argentinean city of Trenque Lauquen. The men searching for her: Rafael, her boyfriend, and Ezequiel, a coworker who has come to mean more to her in recent days. But in order to uncover the truth of Laura's disappearance, a profusion of mysteries must be explored. There's the question of love letters hidden in books in the local library, the discovery of a new species of flower, and then there's the mysterious being, rumored to be haunting the lake at the center of town.
From El Pampero Cine, the collective behind La Flor, comes a labyrinthine tale of obsessive pursuit and the quest for personal freedom.
"A singular jewel...a film that crackles with an inordinate fondness for storytelling" and "fuels a childlike receptivity to the fantastical."
-Leonardo Goi, MUBI Notebook
"A monument on par with any of El Pampero's earlier achievements... unfolds with the freedom and scope of a novel."
-Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope
"Many artists have taken similarly postmodern notions of an impossible truth into realms of despair and madness, but Citarella emphasizes the liberating quality of following the rabbit hole as deep as it goes."
-Jake Cole, Slant
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Where to watch
Apr 21: Film at Lincoln Center - New York, NY
Apr 23: Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - Minneapolis, MN
Apr 24-25: Carleton College - Northfield, MN
Apr 28: Lark Theater - Larkspur, CA
Apr 29: American Cinematheque - Los Angeles, CA
May 19: Cinema Moderne - Montreal, QC
May 20-21: Lumiere Cinema - Los Angeles, CA
Jun 3: Sun-Ray Cinema - Jacksonville, FL
Jun 10 & 15: VIFF Centre - Vancouver, BC
Jun 18: Belcourt Theatre - Nashville, TN
Jun 22: Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 25: Metro Cinema - Edmonton, AB
Jul 15: Northwest Film Forum - Seattle, WA
Jul 16: Roxie Theater - San Francisco, CA
Aug 6: Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit, MI
Aug 25: Cleveland Cinematheque - Cleveland, OH
Aug 31: TIFF Bell Lightbox - Toronto, ON
Sept 3: BAM Film - Brooklyn, NY
Sept 16: Cornell Cinema - Ithaca, NY
Oct 7: Duke University - Durham, NC
Oct 8-9, 21: Harvard Film Archive - Cambridge, MA
Nov 3: Eckerd College International Cinema - St. Petersburg, FL
Festivals & Awards
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
Official Selection - Venice Film Festival
Winner - Best Film - Latin American - Mar del Plata