Desert Bride


Human emotions are as subtle as the beauty of the Argentinian plains in the delicate and keenly-observed drama, Desert Bride. Acclaimed actress Paulina García (Gloria, Little Men) stars as Teresa, a lonely Chilean woman who has spent all of her life attending to the needs of others as a live-in maid for an upper class family in Buenos Aires. But when they can no longer afford to employ her, they find Teresa work with their in-laws, who live miles away in San Juan. Although daunted by the prospect of starting a completely new life, Teresa embarks on a cross-country road trip to her new job.

“Captivating and gently seductive … has the grace and economy of a satisfying short story.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

When her bus breaks down in the middle of nowhere, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she ends up losing her bag with all her belongings. Forced to spend several hours in a small desert town, Teresa crosses paths with Gringo (Claudio Rissi), a free-spirited door-to-door salesman, who offers to help. This unplanned interruption allows her to rediscover herself, and what at first seems like the end of the world may ultimately prove her salvation. (Dir. by Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato, 2017, Argentina/Chile, in Spanish with English subtitles, 78 mins., Not Rated)

Other Festival Appearances: Cannes, New Zealand

Thanks to our community partner, WOSAC – Women’s Studies Advisory Council.