Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o’clock in the afternoon (the time of day when Christ died on the cross) to Easter Sunday, the whole village can do whatever it feels like. During the two holy days sin does not exist: God is dead and can’t see what is happening. Everything is accepted and allowed, without remorse. Year after year, Madeinusa and her sister Chale, and her father Don Cayo, the Mayor and local big shot, maintain this tradition without questioning it. However, everything changes with the arrival in the village of Salvador, a young geologist from Lima, who will unknowingly change the destiny of the girl. —IMDb
Claudia Llosa was born in Lima, studied in Newton College and received a degree in communication studies in the University of Lima. She is the niece of the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa and the film director Luis Llosa. At the end of the 1990s she moved to Madrid, Spain. From 1998 to 2001 she studied at the film academy Escuela TAI. At the end of her studies she started working on the script for Madeinusa. She moved to Barcelona working in the advertising industry. Madeinusa won the prize for the best unpublished script at the 2003 Havana Film Festival.
In 2009 Llosa finished her second film The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada) which was shortlisted for the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. It was the first Peruvian film nominated for the Golden Bear award, and won the main award.
On February 2nd, 2010 Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow was nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film Category.
Claudia's film prior to the wonderful 'Milk of Sorrow'. More magic-realism meets twisted folklore and ritual absurdity. Some familiar faces with the main star from both films again, the wonderful Magaly Solier doing what she does best; timid, naive fear. This one whilst visually rich fell down in the second last act but then redeemed itself with a nice twist. 3 stars