Director: Milagros Mumenthaler
A woman's idyllic childhood recollections are suffused with the tragedy of Argentina's recent past in Milagros Mumenthaler's follow-up to her award-winning Back to Stay.
Inès has just one picture of her father, a presumed victim of the Argentine state purges of the late 1970s. As she prepares for her own impending motherhood, she completes a photographic project inspired by reminiscences of summer family vacations, her memories tinged with childhood fantasy and the void left by her father's disappearance.
Swiss/Argentinian filmmaker Milagros Mumenthaler's directorial debut, Back to Stay (MIFF 2012), won the Golden Leopard at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival. The Idea of a Lake, her second feature, once more engages with themes of loss and troubled family relationships while simultaneously offering an investigation into the intimate consequences of national trauma.
'A higher-stakes canvas on which family complexity dovetails with a nation's painful politics and haunted history.' – Senses of Cinema