desertfilmsociety
presents

The Coachella Valley Premiere of

EN LA PUTA VIDA (Tricky Life)


Saturday, April 2, 2005

9:00 am - Camelot Theatres Doors Open
(Complimentary Coffee & Pastries)
9:20 am - Introduction of the Film
9:30 am - Screening begins
Q&A Session follows the Screening

Free to DFS 2005 Members who present current Membership Card
Guests & Non-Members pay $15.00 per person at the door



 
This Uruguayan film directed by Beatriz Flores Silva, one of the most popular films shown at Sao Paulo Film Festival after breaking records at home, is both humorous and intelligent.  It addresses an important, ongoing and unresolved pan-Latin American issue which, inexplicably, has not been depicted as it deserves to be, in either Spanish or Latin American cinema that is, until now.  Since the 1980s, unemployed, impoverished Latin American woman have been lured to Spain, somewhat knowingly or unknowingly, to support their families at home through prostitution.  Once in Spain, these women have their passports and freedom taken away.  They become sex slaves, often with no way out, with no pay and no one to turn to for help.

In this comedic drama, Elisa, 27, dreams of opening her own hairdressing salon in one of the rich districts of the Uruguayan capital.  A bit of a rebel, one day Elisa moves out of her mother's house with her two children and breaks up with Garcia, her boss and lover who has infuriated her by not wanting to get married.  So, in the space of twenty-four hours, Elisa finds herself without a roof over her head, without a man, without a job and without money.  Her best friend finds her a job in the local brothel, and before she knows it she begins her downward spiral into prostitution, which leads her to Barcelona, Spain.  She joins the world of many illegal immigrants, she falls in love, she is exploited, she gets involved in transvestite gang wars and amidst it all she just dreams of earning enough money for her little beauty salon back home.  This film mixes comedy, drama, social commentary, tragedy, and the sense of hope, all to great effect

2001 Havana Film Festival - Won Radio Havana Award
2001 Huelva Latin American Film Festival:  Won Golden Colon
2002 Lleida Latin-American Film Festival - Won Audience Award, Won Best Actress, Won Best Film
2002 Bogota Film Festival:  Won Best Director, Nominated Best Film,
2002 Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival:  Nominated Golden Dolphin
2002 Miami Hispanic Film Festival:  Won Special Mention, Nominated Best Film
2002 Vina del Mar Festival:  Nominated Grand Paoa
2003 Political Film Society, USA:  Nominated Award Expose, Nominated Human Rights

Genre:   Comedy, Drama, Crime 
RUN TIME:  100 minutes
Language:  Spanish with English Subtitles