EL BUMBÚN (2013)

El Bumbún

Victoria Eugenia Antzokia

Sunday, 06 April 2014 / 16:30

4,20 € (Tickets)

Patriarchy, gender roles and identity

Argentina. Direction: Fernando Bermúdez. Production: Fernando Bermúdez, Sergio González. Screenplay: Fernando Bermúdez. Photography: Diego Arroyo. Edition: Elsa Fernández, Andrés Tambornino. Cast: Daniel Valenzuela, Silvina Páez, Hugo Casas, Laura García, Luis Ziembrowski. Running time: 86 min


In an inhospitable rural area in North-East Argentina, machismo, destitution and the repression meted out under the military dictatorship sees the birth of the latest daughter born to Antonio, an tyrannical alcoholic woodcutter who anxiously wanted his first boy child. After the three daughters farmed out to families in better financial position, he christens the latest one with the name of José, nicknamed Bumbún, and forces her to take on the identity of a boy. Mercedes, his long-suffering wife, hurt by having lost her other daughters, protects the girl and keeps up the lie, constantly threatened by Antonio. As a teenager, having been forced to act as a boy since childbirth, Bumbún will struggle between whether to accept her fate or to fight to change it.

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