Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Desert Bride

La novia del desierto

2017, Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, Argentina, 78 min. With Paulina García, Claudio Rissi.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 4th 2:00pm
  • Fri, May 4th 8:00pm
  • Sat, May 5th 6:30pm
  • Sun, May 6th 5:00pm
  • Mon, May 7th 6:00pm
  • Tue, May 8th 8:00pm
  • Wed, May 9th 6:00pm
  • Thu, May 10th 7:45pm
Chicago premiere!

"A captivating two-hander, as soothing as a desert breeze...The marvelous García is the heart of the movie." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"Lovely...BRIDE is remarkable for how honestly it earns every tiny tick of pleasure it gives - for it gives many." - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

The formidable talent of Chilean actress Paulina García (GLORIA, LITTLE MEN) is showcased in THE DESERT BRIDE, a charming and subtle character study in the form of a road movie. Teresa (García) has been working for thirty years as a maid for a Buenos Aires family when their financial straits compel her to take a new position in the distant northwest. The bus breaks down en route, leaving her stranded in a remote town whose status as a pilgrimage site slyly hints at divine intervention. When she realizes she has lost her bag, a gregarious traveling merchant named El Gringo (Rissi) takes her in his camper to search for it. Interspersed flashbacks sketch in Teresa's comfortable but confining past life, while the high desert air and El Gringo's expansive personality stealthily induce her to widen her horizons. First-time filmmakers Atán and Pivato, aided by longtime Pablo Larraín cinematographer Sergio Armstrong, make effective use of the widescreen frame to surround the characters with vast desert vistas that connote both vulnerability and possibility. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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