Berlinale

The Bad Intentions (Las Malas Intenciones)

Synopsis
1980s peru - a country convulsed by terrorism. Growing up in the midst of it, is Cayetana, a precocious and slightly twisted eight-year-old girl. To confront her loneliness, she creates a vivid imaginary world of fallen Peruvian heroes and martyrs. When her mother announces that she is pregnant, Cayetana's fragile world collapses. She solemnly declares that the day of her brother's birth is the day she will die. With six month to live, Cayetana engages in a darkly funny struggle to deal with this new reality and to remain present in the eyes of her familiy.

Director’s note
Grewing up in Peru in the 1980s - a turbulent decade punctuated by the terrorist attacks of the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) - I didn’t grasp the full significance of what was going on, but I absorbed the feeling of uncertainty. Cayetana, the lead character, is a mixture of innocence and wickedness and unpredictability.


World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2011, Official Programme, Generation

Key festivals and awards
Los Angeles Film Festival 2011
Best Peruvian Film, Lima Film Festival 2011
Jury Prize, Granada Film Festival 2011
Best Latin American Feature, Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2011

Peru 2011
Director: Rosario Garcia-Montero
Producers: Garmont Films (Peru), Stephen Akerman (Argentina), Barry Films (Germany)
German WCF partner: Barry Films
World sales: Ondamax Films (USA)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2009
Funding amount: 50,000 €