The lush countryside of Argentina sets the tone for this tender tale of the summer when childhood is left behind.
Precocious Jorgelina may be young but is well versed in the changes that come with puberty, both by her father, a medical doctor, and older sister Luciana, who has just entered the world of push-up bras and feminine hygiene products. Jorgelina opts to head off to her father’s ranch to spend the summer swimming and horseback riding. Lonely for a playmate, she desperately shadows the withdrawn young ranch hand Mario who has little time for her childish pursuits.
The summer wears on, and the two become close. Jorgelina acts as an older sister to Mario, fiercely protecting him against the taunts of more aggressive ranch-hands and educating him on the physical changes of adolescence. After consulting Jorgelina’s father’s medical texts, Mario confides that his body doesn’t look like the picture of either the man or the woman. Mario and his parents must confront something they can no longer deny.
“La Boyita” refers to the family camper that writer/director Julia Solomonoff remembers from her own childhood as “a place for childhood games and confessions.” The summer setting serves as a graceful metaphor in this sun-drenched drama; as school uniforms are sloughed off in favor of bathing suits, much more is revealed. –Holly Roach, Frameline 34
Julia Solomonoff is a Argentine filmmaker. Her most recent feature film, El Ultimo Verano de la Boyita (The Last Summer of La Boyita) played at the Latin American Film Festival. The first feature that she wrote and directed, Hermanas (Sisters), opened at the Toronto Film Festival. She also has written and directed five short films, Octavo 51, A Day with Angela, Siesta, Scratch and Ahora—which have earned her prestigious awards from the DGA and FIPRESCI. She produced the documentary Cocalero, which was nominated at Sundance for the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema. Solomonoff got her start in film as assistant director for The Motorcycle Diaries and a number of other films. —arts.columbia.edu