Directed by Claudia Llosa
Film Movement
100 Minutes
Peru, Spain
Coming of Age, Latin American, Drama
Not Rated
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Winner of the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize, Claudia Llosa’s debut feature follows Madeinusa, a shy teenage girl living in a remote indigenous village in the Peruvian Andes. It is the custom in her town that from Good Friday through Easter Sunday that “sin does not exist” and villagers engage in all types of debauchery. It is during this decadent weekend that Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, accidentally comes to town. The town greets him with curiosity and ire, imprisoning him out of fear that he will interfere with the festivities. But Madeinusa, ever curious about things from the big city, is drawn to him, and her fate begins to turn unexpectedly as she awakens to new experiences of love, lust and sexuality.


  • Magaly Solier
  • Carlos de la Torres
  • Yiliana Chong
  • Ubaldo Huamán
  • Melvin Quijada
DVD Features

Bonus short: Fallen Art, directed by Tomek Baginski

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "That Llosa has never directed for the camera before is remarkable considering how accomplished the film is."
    Robert Koehler, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "Magical! Enriched with countless eerie details!"
    Roger Ebert,
  • Highest Rating
    "Very accomplished for a debut feature...a coming of age drama with a novel twist, which offers insight into a world of tradition rarely considered by filmmakers!"
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film

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