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Undertow (2009) More at IMDbPro »Contracorriente (original title)

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Undertow -- Sundance Winner! A sexy and haunting love story. In a Peruvian seaside village, Miguel, a married young fisherman, has a scandalous secret: he's in love with Santiago, a gay painter.
Undertow -- In a Peruvian seaside village, a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions.

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Writer:
Javier Fuentes-León (written by)
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Release Date:
16 April 2010 (Colombia) See more »
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Plot:
An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside; a married fisherman struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover within his town's rigid traditions. | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
10 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Undertow: Undeservedly Under The Radar See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Cristian Mercado ... Miguel
Tatiana Astengo ... Mariela

Manolo Cardona ... Santiago
Attilia Boschetti ... Sra. La Rosa
José Chacaltana ... Héctor
Maria Edelmira Palomino ... Doña Flor
Julio Humberto Cavero ... Padre Juan
Haydeé Cáceres ... Trinidad
Emilram Cossío ... Pato
Cindy Díaz ... Isaura
Juan Pablo Olivos ... Tano
Christian Fernandez ... Jacinto
Monica Rossi ... Ana (as Mónica Rossi)
Germán González ... Dr. Fernandez
Liliana Alegría ... Carlota (as Liliana Alegria Saavedra)
Tomas Fernandez ... Sabino (as Tomás Fernández)
Alfonso Gamboa ... Sergio
Jaziel Yenque Veliz ... Bebé

Directed by
Javier Fuentes-León 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Javier Fuentes-León  written by

Produced by
Andrés Calderón .... executive producer (as Andres Calderon)
Cristian Conti .... executive producer
Javier Fuentes-León .... producer
Christian Fürst .... executive producer
Emilie Georges .... executive producer
Rodrigo Guerrero .... producer
Ole Landsjöaasen .... executive producer
Annette Pisacane .... executive producer
Michel Ruben .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Selma Mutal 
 
Cinematography by
Mauricio Vidal 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Benavides 
 
Casting by
Rodrigo Bellott 
Gustavo Vidal 
 
Production Design by
Diana Trujillo 
 
Art Direction by
Diana Trujillo 
 
Production Management
Delia García .... production manager
Alexa Rivero .... post-production supervisor
Gustavo Saavedra .... field production manager
Mirlanda Torres .... production manager
 
Art Department
Leslie Hinojosa .... on-set dresser
Maribel Villagaray .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Jean Collot .... foley artist
Jean Collot .... sound editor
Juan Felipe Correa .... sound effects editor
Daniel Garces Najar El Gato .... foley artist
Daniel Garces Najar El Gato .... sound designer
Daniel Garces Najar El Gato .... sound editor
Daniel Garces Najar El Gato .... supervising sound editor
John Figueroa .... boom operator
Nicolás Herreño Leal .... sound effects editor
Edgar Lostaunau .... sound (as Edgar Lostanau)
José Hernán Valenzuela .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Georgiou .... visual effects
Sean Kennedy .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andres Paul Magallanes .... gaffer
Héctor Álvarez .... photo still
 
Editorial Department
Phillip J. Bartell .... supervising editor
Chris Blacklock .... dailies operator
Leo Otero G. .... colorist
 
Other crew
Manuel Hinojosa .... first assistant director: action unit
Claudia Roca Bravo .... assistant production coordinator (as Claudia Roca)
Ivan Suzzarini .... technical director
 
Thanks
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Brandon Paine .... special thanks
Noel Qualter .... special thanks
Jeffrey Schwarz .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Contracorriente" - Peru (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Super 16mm) | Color
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Trivia:
Although both main characters are Peruvian, the actors who play them are not. Cristian Mercado (the Fisherman) is Bolivian and Manolo Cardona (the Photographer) is Colombian.See more »
Quotes:
Miguel:I can't love you. It's not right.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features "Direito de Amar" (1987)See more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Undertow: Undeservedly Under The Radar, 27 November 2010
Author: rroberto18 from United States

In early 2010, the first Peruvian film ever nominated for a Foreign Language Film Oscar -- "Milk Of Sorrow" (2009) -- got a U.S. 2-screen release that grossed all of 10K. Clearly UNDERTOW has no Peruvian coattails to ride in on. Despite Sundance kudos and buzz, it's already being ghettoized as a gay film. Yet it clearly is so much more. UNDERTOW doubly violates that genre's political correctness: the lead is both closeted and heroic while the captivating tale constantly eschews white/urbane predictability. We watch two more curve balls being thrown at us as well: next-world fantasy and 3rd world folklore. So this is definitely not "'Brokeback Mountain' meets 'Ghost'" as several critics have written it off in facile reviewer shorthand. But UNDERTOW may well have the power to connect with portions of the mainstream audiences for both of those films -- via word of mouth, curiosity-building press and guerrilla marketing. Our unexpected attraction to a real-life subsistence-poor fishing village and its close-knit, tradition-bound "primitive" citizens are seamlessly woven into the film's cast as well as fabric. Breath-taking cinematography, a script illuminating characters rather than telescoping plot, understated yet powerful performances and a hypnotic world music soundtrack take UNDERTOW far beyond the shorelines of dry-docked movie-making. Many high-concept films have dealt with men forced to choose between family and lovers. Others have pitted unlikely heroes against the mores of society. Nor is a quest to carry out the final wishes of the dearly departed at all innovative. But UNDERTOW combines these themes in a way no writer- director has done before. First-timer Javier Fuentes-León does so with fearless honesty and sublime-on-a-shoestring craft. No surprise then that it's this year's Foreign Language entry from Peru.

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