In Buenos Aires, the independent college student Julia Zárate awakes in her apartment with gore everywhere, her lover Nahuel stabbed, and his lover Ramiro covered with blood but still alive. Julia is pregnant and is sent to a special prison wing with mothers and pregnant prisoners to wait for trial. Julia befriends Marta, who has two children and helps her to understand motherhood and life in prison. Julia delivers Tomás and her mother tries to kidnap her grandson, causing a rebellion in Julia’s wing. When Ramiro, who was also Julia’s lover, accuses her of murdering Nahuel, her expectation of raising Tomás is hampered. –IMDb
Pablo Trapero was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. His feature films are Mundo Grúa (1999), shown at Venezia (Critics Award), and El bonaerense (2002), which was presented at the Festival de Cannes 2002 in Un Certain Regard. He also directed Naikor, a short film premiered in 2001, and Sarasa, a documentary for television (2002). In 2002 he created Matanza Cine, an independent film production company, which produced La libertad by Lisandro Alonso, Ciudad de Maria by Enrique Bellande and La mecha by Raul Perrone. –Cannes
An interview with the Argentine director of the Locarno, TIFF and NYFF-selected film, El Estudiante.