16-22 November 2015

La ciénaga (The Swamp)

Lucrecia Martel

Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Year: 2001
Format: 35 mm
Length: 103 min
Image: Colour
Language: Spanish

Production company: 4k Films, Wanda Visión S.A., Cuatro Cabezas, TS Productions
Producer: Lita Stantic, Diego Guebel, Ana Aizenberg, Mario Pergolini, José María Morales
Screenplay: Lucrecia Martel
Photography: Hugo Colace
Editor: Santiago Ricci
Sound: Hervé Guyader, Emmanuel Croset, Guido Berenblum, Adrián De Michele
Actors: Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martín Adjemián, Leonora Balcarce, Silvia Baylé, Sofia Bertolotto


La ciénaga makes evocative use of space, language and sound to portray an extended Argentinian family caught between stagnation and survival. Lucrecia Martel’s remarkably accomplished debut (the first film in her Salta trilogy) offers a visceral insight into class, family, sexuality and society by weaving a complex narrative out of human relationships. “Any solidarity has been smashed into smithereens, leaving people to fend for themselves. I feel that the characters in my film have been forsaken. I feel the same myself and I extend it to the whole of humanity." Lucrecia Martel