THE IDEA OF A LAKE

Switzerland / Qatar / Argentina, 2016 (MIFF 2017, International,Latin America)

Director: Milagros Mumenthaler

THE IDEA OF A LAKE

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


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