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April 5, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Undertow by Javier Fuentes-León at Music Box

Miguel is a handsome, young and beloved fisherman in Cabo Blanco, a small fishing village in the Northern coast of Peru, where the community has deep-rooted religious traditions. Miguel is married to the beautiful Mariela, who is 7-months pregnant with their firstborn, but Miguel harbors a scandalous secret: He is having a love affair with another

man, Santiago, a painter who is ostracized by the townsfolk for being agnostic and open about his sexuality

When Santiago drowns accidentally in the ocean’s strong undertow, he cannot pass peacefully to the other side. He returns after his death to ask Miguel to look for his body and bury it according to the rituals of the town. Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or doing right by him and, in turn, revealing their relationship to Mariela and the entire village. Miguel is forced to deal with the consequences of his acts and to come to terms with who he really is, even if by doing so he stands the chance of losing the people he loves the most.

With sweeping images of the beautiful Peruvian coastline, UNDERTOW (Contracorriente) is the emotional intersection of contemporary sexuality, confronted by tradition and belief.

A film by Javier Fuentes-León
Starring Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona and Cristian Mercado

Undertow is a 2009 Peruvian film, Spanish with English subtitles, and runs 100 min.

2010 Sundance Film Festival – World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award

  • It will haunt you. —The New York Times
  • Javier Fuentes-León’s directorial debut is sublime! —Village Voice

Undertow will be playing at Music Box through Thursday of this week, with showtimes on:

Sat April 2- 2:30pm *  5:15pm *  7:30pm* 9:45pm

Sun April 3- 2:30pm *  5:15pm *  7:30pm* 9:45pm

Mon April 4- 5:15pm *  7:30pm* 9:45pm

Tue April 5- 5:15pm *  7:30pm* 9:45pm

Wed April 6- 5:15pm *  7:30pm* 9:45pm

Thu April 7- 5:15pm *  7:30pm* 9:45pm

Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago

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