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Interview: Lucía Garibaldi & Romina Bentancur – The Sharks (Los tiburones)

The apex of the ocean’s pyramid of predators, the mystic and misunderstood animal is most renowned for its powerful bite. Sundance preemed The Sharks (Los tiburones) introduces us to a new voice in Uruguay cinema where the female gaze takes inventory of ownership (and sabotage) of a burgeoning sexuality via precarious Rosina (Romina Bentancur), who much like the locals’ rooted fear, has predatory instincts of her own.

Set in a beach resort type of town, Lucía Garibaldi prescribes a down to earth poeticism and strong hint for mischievousness in this coming-of-age film that reminds of the cinema we find in Hansen-Løve, Martel and Sciamma. I asked the filmmaker (who was joined by her lead) about her process, the location, her main character and the synth embedded score.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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