BRIEF STORY FROM THE GREEN PLANET
ARGENTINA/GERMANY/BRAZIL/SPAIN I 2019 I COLOR I 75 MIN. I SPANISH
Santiago Loza never ceases to surprise us. His most recent feature film is a secret wonder that meanders between science fiction, suspense film, road movie, fantasy and comedy. We are in present- day rural Argentina. Tania (Romina Escobar) is a trans woman whose grandmother has passed away. In her will she leaves Tania her house, on one condition: return the alien who lived in her basement to his place of origin. No more no less. The protagonist undertakes a trip back to the land of her childhood alongside Daniela (Paula Grinszpan) and Pedro (Luis Soda), two of her closest friends. The film deals with transcendental issues such as sexual identity, love and companionship by way of a smooth, solid narrative and outstanding cinematography. Upon receiving the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival, Loza stated: “This film talks about my identity and that is why it is the most important prize of my career [ …] My friends saved my life; for them and with them I made the movie. I am from your planet.”
Review by: Abel Cervantes
Santiago Loza | Córdoba |Argentina, 1971
Filmmaker, theater director and writer Santiago Loza studied at the National School of Experimentation and Filmmaking in Argentina (where Lucrecia Martel, Lucía Puenzo, and others also studied) and at the Municipal School of Dramatic Arts. His first feature film, Extraño, won the Tiger Award for Best Film in 2003 at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Best Argentine Film Award at BAFICI. He wrote his second film, Cuatro Mujeres Descalzas (2005), at the Cannes Festival residence. This year his film Breve Historia del Planeta Verde won the Teddy Prize for the best LGTB feature film in the Berlinale.