EL ROSTRO DE LA MEDUSA / The Face of the Jellyfish
MQ Hof 8
AR 2022, Fiction, 76 min., OV with english subtitles
Director: Melisa Liebenthal
Starring: Rocío Stellato, Irene Bosch, Vladimir Durán, Federico Sack, Alicia Labraga, Camila Toker
Script: Agustín Godoy
Camera: Inés Duacastella
Editor: Florencia Gómez García
Music: Inés Copertino
Sound & Sound Design: Mercedes Gaviria
Producers: Agustin Gagliardi, Eugenia Campos Guevara
Marina is a woman in her early thirties who is confronted with a strange situation: Her face has suddenly changed! Marina's grandmother no longer recognizes her on the street, her parents are at a loss, and Marina avoids her partner. Alienated from herself, she researches her old face in photo albums and on social media, searching for herself in the image of her parents. Who is she with this new face? (How) Does Marina's new appearance change her identity?
Experimentally and humorously, Melisa Liebenthal develops a parable about alienation and loss, classification and belonging, as well as about the tension between self-perception and perception of others. In the process, our system of seeing and ordering is also challenged. Why, for example, should a jellyfish not have a face?
Melisa Liebenthal is a film director and editor from Buenos Aires. She studied film at the Universidad del Cine in Argentina and at Le Fresnoy -Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents (2021) and FID Campus (2018). She directed the films The Pretty ones (2016), Constanza (2018.), Here and There (2020) and The Face of the Jellyfish (2022), with which she won awards at Rotterdam, Mar del Plata and Berlinale, among others, and screened at MoMA and Film at Lincoln Center.