Sunday, September 29

Special Events ArchiveBoston Women's Film Festival 2019

BWFF: The Awakening of the Ants


Director Antonella Sudasassi in Attendance!
New England Premiere!

Directed by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss (Costa Rica, Spain, 2019, 94 min). Narrative Feature. In Spanish with English subtitles.

For thoughtful, demure young housewife Isa (Daniella Valenciano), life in a lush, postcard-perfect Costa Rican seaside village is far from being anyone’s idea of a dream. Pressured by her intrusive and loudly opinionated in-laws to have another baby even as her already cramped household struggles to stay afloat, and tending to the needs of her husband and two daughters while her own desires remain distant and ignored, Isa finds herself suffocated by rigid gender roles and the cloistered, provincial thinking that comes with small-town life.

Desperately imagining some other way of living—single, childless, desired—while growing increasingly tense and angry towards those closest to her, Isa unexpectedly becomes more attuned to the natural world and its strangeness, as increasingly vivid and at times surreal dreams and visions take over her waking life, blurring the line between what is and what can be. Soon the young mother finds herself at a breaking point, awakening to her own long-suppressed sexuality and the possibilities of a life lived on her own terms, in this engrossing and intimate feature debut from writer/director Antonella Sudasassi Furniss. — Description courtesy of the Seattle International Film Festival.

Selected as Costa Rica’s Official Entry – 92nd Academy Awards

“A beautifully intricate and yet recognisable story of growth and empowerment.”
– Fenja Akinde-Hummel, The Upcoming

“A beautifully shot and wonderfully executed film that knocks you out quietly and gradually.”
– Michael Bracy, Three Imaginary Girls

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Tickets for all screenings are $13 general admission; $10 students/seniors/members; Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.

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