Julia and Antonio decide to move to a small, humble beachside town in Santa Fe, Argentina, after their daughter is rejected by 17 schools in the city. Finally, in Cerro Hueso they find the only school that accepts six-year-old Ema, diagnosed on the autism spectrum. It is a rural establishment where girls and boys attend to be educated, as well as fed. Una escuela en Cerro Hueso, the fiction feature debut of young filmmaker Betania Cappato, is a sensitive and profound film, linked to the director’s personal experience and filmed entirely in the town where she was born and raised. This closeness, and the precise eye of Iván Fund (cinematographer, co-writer, editor, and producer), endow the film with an intimate and warm tone that permeates each image. Both Ema, remarkably played by Clementina Folmer, and her parents (Mara Bestelli and Pablo Seijo) adapt to this new life, finding in the community a refuge that they thought they had lost. Ema manages to open up to the outside world in this loving and supportive context and even connect with it, either through a new friend or the foal that the little family sees being born with great emotion. Subtly moving between fiction and documentary, the director manages to delicately portray the experience of autism while shaping a hopeful film, where the communal and collective experience renews the possibility of believing in the other.
Review by: Laura Alderete
PRODUCTORES: IVÁN FUND & BETANIA CAPPATO CO-PRODUCTORES: LAURA MARA TABLÓN, RITA CINE, INSOMNIA FILMS
IVÁN FUND , BETANIA CAPPATO , MARIANO LUQUE
BETANIA CAPPATO, IVÁN FUND
CLEMENTINA FOLMER, MARA BESTELLI, PABLO RUÍZ SEIJO, IRENE ZEQUIN, MÓNICA NÚÑEZ, BRIAN MODINE, VALENTÍN MAZA, CARLA RUCITTI, VIVIANA TAUS, ARIEL NÚÑEZ
SONIDO: JUAN NANIO DISEÑO SONORO: BECHEN DE LOREDO, LEANDRO DE LOREDO