Berlinale

Bad Hair (Pelo malo)

Synopsis
Junior is a nine-year old with "bad hair". He wants to have his curly hair straightened for his yearbook picture like a fashionable pop singer. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta. The more Junior tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him, until he is cornered, face-to-face, with a painful decision.

Director’s note
My characters are helpless. They are wounded and hurtful adults and children who are learning how to hurt. Caracas is also hostile to them, a city of urban, political and family violence. Dreams encapsulated in multi-family buildings, the result of Le Corbusier’s "utopian city" project in the 50s, now turned into massive vertical hells. I want to talk about intolerance in a social context that is riddled with dogmas which don’t embrace otherness, where public affairs extend to the private life.


World premiere
Toronto International Film Festival 2013, Contemporary World Cinema

Key Festivals and Awards
Golden Seashell, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2013
Special Jury Prize, La Habana International Film Festival 2013
Holden Award for the Best Script - La Stampa Audience Award, Torino International Festival of Young Cinema 2013
London Film Festival 2013
Bronze Alexander and FIPRESCI Award, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2013
Best Director and Best Script, Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2013
Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2014
Filmfest München 2014
Tribeca Film Festival 2014
Seattle International Film Festival 2014
Jerusalem Film Festival 2014

Venezuela 2013
Director: Mariana Rondón
Production: Sudaca Films (Venezuela), Imagen Latina (Peru), Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion (Germany)
World sales: FiGa Films (United States)

German WCF partner: Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2013
Funding amount: 30,000 €