The Amazing Catfish | Los insólitos peces gato

Mexico 2013, Feature film, 91’ | Director, Screenplay Claudia Sainte-Luce | DoP Agnès Godard | Editor Santiago Ricci | Music Madame Recamier | Cast Ximena Ayala, Lisa Owen, Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillén | Production Cine Caníbal | Distribution Arsenal Filmverleih | World Sales Pyramidefilms

»There’s actually quite a lot of me in the various characters figured in Los peces insólitos gato. I left home very early on, at the age of 17. And I led a very lonely life. I felt that this makes no sense, life is passing me by, it's as though I was dying alive. And then I got to know this family and they became my family too. With this woman who was dying, and I felt that she was so much more alive than I was! This deeply moved me and it changed me as well. I think we all need to to sleep with death at our side if we are to live our life the way it should be.«
Claudia Sainte-Luce in conversation with Irene Jung, Terre des Femmes

Claudia, a lonely young woman, works in a supermarket. One night, she ends up in hospital with a severe case of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, the woman in the bed next to hers. Martha, who lives alone with her four children, gains Claudia’s trust. When she gets out of the hospital, she spontaneously offers to have Claudia go home with her. Getting to know this family makes Claudia feel at ease. And for the first time, in this peculiar little tribe, she experiences a sense of belonging. As Martha’s health weakens each day, the bond Claudia has with each member of the family grows stronger.

Claudia Sainte-Luce was born in Veracruz, Mexico. In 2004, she graduated with a degree in visual arts from the University of Guadalajara. In 2005, her short film Muerte Anunciada (Death Announced) received the Audience Award, the Award for Best Actor and a Jury Mention at the Festival Expresion en Corto in Guanajuato. Since 2007, she has worked as assistant director on several Mexican feature films. Her own feature film debut Los insólitos peces gato has been successfully screened at several festivals and won numerous awards – including the International Critics’ Prize at the Toronto Film Festival.

Claudia Sainte-Luce
Feature film
Debut Feature Film Competition