Undertow (Contracorriente)


Year: 2009
Country: PERU
Run Time: 100 minutes

Does love survive after death? Anchored in the Latin American tradition of magic realism, UNDERTOW dives into this question in an unusually moving way. Miguel and Mariela live in a candy-colored fishing village in northern Peru and happily anticipate the birth of a son. One day an outsider appears on the margins of the village. It's Santiago, a handsome painter who lives in a house by the sea. The villagers are suspicious; he doesn't attend church. Under the pretense of mending his fishing nets, Miguel sneaks off repeatedly to make passionate love with Santiago. But there's a curse on their happiness: Santiago is caught in a current and swept out to sea. He returns to appear before Miguel, who initially tries to shoo him away. But nobody except Miguel can see the ghost of Santiago. Finally they can love freely, visible only to each other. Yet Miguel knows if he doesn't surrender Santiago's body to the sea, he's doomed to wander forever. UNDERTOW is a beautiful film about sacrifice-and having the courage to face who we are. (In Spanish with subtitles) –B.B.

CIFF Screenings

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM
This screening is on Stand By.

Javier Fuentes-León

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Javier Fuentes-León was born in Lima. He moved to Los Angeles after graduating as a doctor in Peru to earn a Master's degree in Film Directing at the California Institute of the Arts. He currently works as a director in the U.S.

Select Filmography

Print Source

The Film Colllaborative

Email: jeffrey@thefilmcollaborative.org

Community Partner


Become A CIFF Member >

Become A CIFF Member

We have five different levels of membership to choose from, so find the one that best fits your film appetite!

38th CIFF Award Winners >

38th CIFF Award Winners

Look through the complete list of award winners from the 38th CIFF!

Sign up for our email newsletter

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • youtube
  • flickr
  • foursquare
  • iphone
  • android