The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada)

Fausta suffers from “the milk of sorrow”, an illness transmitted through mother’s milk by women who have been violated or mistreated during the war of terrorism in Peru. The war has ended, but Fausta lives to remind of it because “the illness of fear” stole her soul. Now, her mother’s sudden death forces her to confront her fears and the secret that is hidden inside of her: she has inserted a potato into her vagina to serve as a protective shield that repels disgusting intruders. The milk of sorrow is the story of a search for reawakening, a journey from fear to freedom.

World premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2009, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Golden Bear for the Best Film and FIPRESCI Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2009
Best Ibero-American picture, Guadalajara International Film Festival 2009
Coral Prize for Best Art Direction, Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano Havana, 2009
Nomination Academy Awards USA for Best Foreign Language Film 2010
Istanbul Film Festival 2009
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2009
Busan International Film Festival 2009
Dubai International Film Festival 2009

Peru, 2009
Director: Claudia Llosa
Producers: Wanda Vision and Oberon Cinematográfica (Spain), Vela Films (Peru)
German WCF partner: The Match Factory
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2006
Funding amount: 50.000 €