11/18/2017 20:00 – Murnau-Filmtheater
Peru/Uruguay/Venezuela 2016 110 min original version with English subtitles
by Elia K. Schneider
Script: Elia K. Schneider, Fernando Butazzoni, DoP: Petr Cikhart, Editor: Christian Alexander, Production: Joel Films, Aqua Dulce Films, Leon Films, Producer: Joseph Novoa, Cast: Luis Fernandez, Prakriti Maduro, Karina Velazquez, Carlota Sosa
“It is a powerful story that is told with compassion and more than it’s share of disbelief, and makes a very welcome contribution to the whole dialogue on gender dysmorphia. The fact that Teo went through both marriage and parenthood he/she found the necessary inner strength to finally take her chosen path speaks volumes, but then again catholic Venezuela is still a very conservative country. This excellent movie works so very well mainly because of the sublime tour-de-force performance of Fernandez who imbues the role with such wonderful sensitivity and he gives Teo/Tamara such a stunning authenticity. He was a sheer joy to watch.” (Roger Walker, queerguru.com)
Elia K. Schneider is an American-Venezuelan-Israeli filmmaker, writer and theater director. Founder of Joel films, she produced numerous feature films including SICARIO (1994 – which received 34 international awards), DEVIL GOLD (2001), THE BOSS (2006), A DISTANT PLACE (2008) and GOD’S SLAVE (2011).She has been selected four times as the “Venezuelan Official Selection for the Academy Awards” (Oscar) and she is also an award-winning theatre writer-director of several plays based on Kafka, all staged in La Mama ETC in New York, since 1982. TAMARA won the Nueva Vision Award at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival.