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A Family Submerged

dir. María Alché

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Ficción, 91 min.

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Marcela’s world becomes strange and unfamiliar after her sister Rina dies. She feels lost in her own house, and her relationship with her husband and children seems strained. Nacho, a young friend of her daughter’s, unexpectedly calls round at her house, and together they walk and talk. Then, Marcela gets a phone call from a distant relative who is trying to reach her, while at home she keeps up conversations with relatives from another dimension.

Director / María Alché. Production / Bárbara Francisco. Screenplay / María Alche. Cast / Mercedes Moran, Esteban Bigliardi, Marcelo Subiotto, Laila Maltz, Federico Sack, Ia Arteta, Claudia Cantero, Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos. Cinematography / Hélène Louvart. Editing / Lívia Serpa. Art director / Mariela Rípodas. Sound / Julia Huberman. Original Score / Luciano Azzigotti

María Alché

(Buenos Aires, 1983). Actress, director, cinematographer and producer. She studied film direction at Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (ENERC), in Buenos Aires. During her path as an actress, her roles in "La niña santa," "Tratame bien," y "Me casé con boludo" are highly regarded. As a writer and director, she made various short films, some of them were part of film festivals such as Lorcano, La Habana, Rotterdam, among many others. Since 2015, she is a professor at ENERC, where she teaches actor directions. In 2017, she directed her fist feature filmf "A Family Submerged", a co-producction between Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Norway. With her film, she made it to the San Sebastián Film Festival, where she won the Horizontes Lations price


  • 2018 — Familia Sumergida
  • 2015 — Gulliver
  • 2012 — Noelia

Festivales y Premios

  • 2018 SSIFF. Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián
    Premio Horizontes Latinos
  • 2018 Festival Internacional de Cine de Locarno
  • 2018 FICValdivia. Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia
    Mención Especial
  • 2018 Muestra Internacional de Cine de São Paulo
  • 2018 Viennale.
  • 2018 Festival de Cine La Orquídea Cuenca
  • 2018 Festival Internacional de Cine de Salónica
  • 2018 Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana
  • 2018 MONFIC
  • 2018 FFSF. Películas del South Festival Oslo
  • 2018 Festival Internacional de Cine de Gotemburgo
  • 2018 Festival Internacional de Cine de Río de Janeiro


“A movie about indivial leeway that is also a colective portrait where peculiar charactares gather.”
—Quim Casa: El Periódico

“The key to the main reading of Alché’s movie is what we need to live and what we left when we die.”
—Esteban García de La Mata: Icónica

“If to [Fellini] the unconscious might resemble a three track circus, or and exhuberant cabarét, María Alché wages subtle narratives to address, in her feature filmfilmdebut film, a personal crisis. The more Martelian rather Fellian , A Family Submerged is dominated by the presence of Mercedes Morán that shows herself to the audience between net curtains before presenting that her eyes enclosed all of the sadness in the world.”
—Jordi Costa: El País

“This movie (. . .) talks about those moments where we desperately need a breath of fresh air. The protagonist is looking to surface with in order to open her mouth, her lungs and to decir wheter to keep floating or if we are to breath again in order to reach our acquaintances, and to maybe end up swiming in that love and hate aquarium that we call family.”
—Valeria Jauré: Culturizarte

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