New York Premiere Grand Prix Jury Award, Berlinale Dir: Pepa San Martín, Chile, 2016, 92 mins, in Spanish with English subtitles
Pepa San Martín’s debut feature is an endearing, autobiographical family drama about two young sisters being raised by lesbian parents that their biological father, and the law, want to tear them away from. Achingly tender and clear-eyed, RARA is told from the point of view of Sara, a 13-year-old who is beginning to see her worldview and the comfort of her familial unit dissolve as she grows older. As custody battles loom, Martín’s sure-handed direction never turns melodramatic, instead keeping the film subtle and light-hearted, yet still unmistakably moving.
Writers: Pepa San Martín, Alicia Scherson Cast: Julia Lübbert, Emilia Assandon, Mariana Loyola, Agustina Muñoz