The desert's bride

interview with Paulina García

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 traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman and the only person who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

Paulina García

Actor, director and dramatist born in Santiago de Chile on 27 November 1960, Paulina García has won numerous awards throughout her long career, for both her film and stage work.
A huge star in her home country, her breakout international film was GLORIA by Sebastián Leilo, which screened in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013, in which she played the title role. She took home the Silver Bear for her performance, which won unanimous praise from international critics and enjoyed a successful release in many territories.
Since then, she has alternated US independent films (BROOKLYN VILLAGE by Ira Sachs), major international productions (NARCOS, an original Netflix series), Latin-American films by internationally renowned directors (TOUT VA BIEN by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras), and debut films (THE DESERT BRIDE) by Cecilia Atán et Valeria Pivato).

The directors

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, 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.