SFF22: Carajita 88 mins

4845 SFF22: Carajita

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Wednesday, 18 May

Australian premiere
A potent, compelling drama set in the Domincan Republic, Carajita paints a picture of the social structures of Central America through the story of three women.

For Sara (the outstanding Cecile Van Welie), her nanny of many years, Yarisa (Magnolia Núñez), is the most important person she can relate to, with their relationship transcending their class and race.

The young adult from Santo Domingo's upper class is therefore delighted to have Yarisa by her side when her family moves to the coastal town of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic after several years absence. But for Yarisa, the family’s long-serving maid, the move means a return to her hometown - and to her biological daughter Mallory (Adelanny Padilla), whom she left behind. Sara and Mallory become friends. But soon, an accident occurs that exposes the deep social tears within this fabric of relationships and tests intimate loyalties.

The second feature by Argentinian-Spanish writing/directing duo Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra, colourful, suspenseful drama Carajita is sumptuous and examines the agonies of the Caribbean’s colonial legacy.  

WINNER – Special Jury Mention: New Directors Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2021
WINNER – APIMA Award, Mar del Plata Film Festival 2021
NOMINEE – Best International Feature Film, Zurich Film Festival 2021

Spanish with English subtitles, English

A potent, visually gorgeous and sometimes potently enigmatic drama.
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