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Bad Hair

(Pelo malo)
Venezuela / Perú, 2013

Spanish with English subtitles. Rated 14A.

Director/Writer: Mariana Rondón Producer: Marité Ugás Cinematographer: Micaela Cajahuaringa Editor: Marité Ugás Production Design: Matías Tikas Sound Design: Lena Esquenazi Music: Camilo Froideval Cast: Samuel Lange, Samantha Castillo

Junior is nine years old and has stubbornly curly hair. He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta, a young, unemployed widow. Already overwhelmed by what it takes to survive in the chaotic city of Caracas, Marta finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s fixation with his looks. 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.

Mariana Rondón's impressively multilayered drama brings a powerful specificity to the story of a boy and his embittered single mother.
Jay Weissberg, Variety

Junior tiene nueve años y el “pelo malo.” Él se lo quiere alisar para la foto de la escuela, y así verse como un cantante de moda, lo que crea un enfrentamiento con su madre Marta. La madre, aturdida por el esfuerzo de sobrevivir en la caótica ciudad de Caracas, es cada vez más intolerante a la obsesión de Junior con su cabello. Mientras Junior busca verse bello para que su mamá lo quiera, ella lo rechaza cada vez más. Finalmente, él se verá obligado a tomar una dolorosa decisión.

Pelo malo es un puñetazo en el estómago; un zarandeo al espectador que sabe que hay sitios donde los derechos no se regalan, que hay que lucharlos. Generación Young.


7:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Mariana Rondón (b. 1966, Barquisimeto, Venezuela) is a director, screenwriter and visual artist. After studying animation in Paris, she attended the EICTV in Cuba. Her previous solo feature, Postales de Leningrado (2007), received 23 international awards. Pelo malo was awarded the Golden Shell for Best Film at the San Sebastián Film Festival in 2013.

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