Cecilia Atán y Valeria Pivato

directors of 'La novia del desierto'

Synopsis.

54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with travelling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her rst stop, in the land of the miracu- lous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongins. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a travelling salesman, the only one who can help Teresa nd her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

Cecilia Atán, director and screenwriter

Cecilia Atán was born in 1978 in Buenos Aires. She began her career as an intern with director Eduardo Mignogna on the set of EL FARO in 1998, which starred Ricardo Darín. She then became an assistant director before making her first short film, EL MAR, which was invited to the Short Film Corner in Cannes in 2012, before screening in competition at festivals in Biarritz and Mar del Plata. In 2015, she directed the documentary series in eight episodes, MADRES DE PLAZA DE MAYO, LA HISTORIA, which was nominated for the International Emmy Awards the following year. LA FIANCÉE DU DÉSERT is her first fiction feature film. Cecilia Atán is also co-founder of the production company El Perro En La Luna, alongside Sebastián Mignogna and Guido Mignogna.

Valeria Pivato, director and screenwriter

Valeria Pivato was born in 1973 in Buenos Aires. After studying design and filmmaking, she began working as an assistant director, script supervisor and casting director. She worked notably with Juan José Campanella on LE FILS DE LA MARIÉE in 2001, and on DANS SES YEUX, which won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2010. She worked as script supervisor on NORDESTE by Juan Solanas, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2005. In 2008, she worked with Pablo Trapero on LEONERA, which was presented in competition at the Festival de Cannes. In 2013, she won the Patagonik International Screenwriters Competition with BEFORE AND AFTER… AND AFTER AGAIN. In 2017, she co-directed her first feature film, LA FIANCÉE DU DÉSERT, with Cecilia Atán.

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