The Sharks + Water Warrior
Saturday, August 3 – 5 PM
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres
The quiet atmosphere at a small beach resort is rattled by the suspicion of an unheard-of shark invasion, which alarms the locals. 14-year-old Rosina, the middle child of three siblings, has no friends, and her exchanges with the world only consist of monosyllables and the occasional short phrase. She thinks she saw something in the water, but no one seems to be paying much attention to her. Her family is more concerned about their tight economic situation, work and the approaching summer season. When her father recruits her to do maintenance work at some summer houses around town, she meets Joselo, a slightly older fisherman. Among dirty swimming pools, pompous gardens and deserted beaches, Rosina experiences something new: a desire to bridge the distance between her body and Joselo’s. But the feeling is hardly mutual. To get his attention, she comes up with a convoluted, poorly planned strategy, going about it stealthily and menacingly, as if inspired by the mysterious predators.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)
Lucía Garibaldi wrote and directed Los Tiburones (The Sharks), her debut feature that had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2019, as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition and where it gets the Best Direction award.
The Sharks also obtained, among other recognitions, the Industry Award of 66th. Films in Progress of the San Sebastian Film Festival; Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Special Jury Prize in the 34th. International Film Festival of Guadalajara, the Grand Prix Coup de Coeur of the 31st. Cinélatino de Toulouse Festival and the Special Jury Prize at Bafici (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) 2019.
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)
Monica Medellin is a producer and director at Define American, a media and culture organization that uses the power of story to humanize immigrants in mainstream media. She is the founder of The Gnar Gnar Honeys, a production company that promotes diversity and female representation behind and in front of the lens. In her previous work, Monica worked at the Los Angeles Times, where she helped launch a digital platform exploring the intersection of race, immigration and identity in a multicultural America. Monica received her BA from University of Oregon School of Journalism.