The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada)

Fausta (Magaly Solier) suffers from the "scared breast", a strange illness that is transmitted by mothers who have been raped or mistreated during their pregnancy or nursing period. The children of these women are irremediably infected by their milk and inherit a terrible atavistic fear. Fausta’s illness manifests itself in the form of haemorrhages or bleeding during moments of crisis or extreme tension. Fausta also keeps a secret she won’t reveal until her mother’s death will unleash a series of unexpected events that will change her life.

World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2009, Competition

Rights sold to
Peru, Spain, Germany

Key festivals and awards
Golden Bear for the Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival 2009
Best Ibero-American Picture, Guadalajara International Film Festival 2009
Best Film Award, Best Director Award, Best Actress Award, Best Film Award of the Film Students Jury, Festival de Cinema de Gramado 2009
Nomination Academy Awards USA for Best Foreign Language Film 2010

Theatrical release in Germany
November 5, 2009

Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival 2009

Peru 2009
Director: Claudia Llosa
Producers: Wanda Vision / Oberon Cinematográfica (Spain), Vela Films (Peru)
German WCF partner: The Match Factory
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)
German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih
Funded in the WCF jury meetings in November 2006 and in November 2009
Production funding: 50,000 €
Distribution funding: 10,000 €