• Clarín® Awards

    Best Debut Actress
  • Malaga Spanish Film Festival

    Best Cinematography, Special Jury Award
  • Torino International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Best Feature Film
  • Berlin International Film Festival

  • Tribeca Film Festival

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Spanish and Guaraní with English subtitles

With Inés Efron, Mariela Vitale, Pep Munné, Diego Velázquez, Carlos Bardem

Celebrated writer-director Lucía Puenzo follows up her 2007 award winning film XXY, with this gripping tale of forbidden lesbian romance set on both sides of Argentina’s class divide. A privileged teenage daughter of a powerful judge, Lala has fallen hard for her family’s 20-year-old Paraguayan maid, Ailin. The girls hatch a plan to rob Lala’s family to fund their dream of living together in Paraguay, on the shores of Lake Ypoá. But while Lala waits to be reunited with her lover in Ypoá, Ailin is detained in the outskirts of Buenos Aires for a crime she did not commit. Beautiful cinematography, a compelling love story, and a touch of magical realism make The Fish Child is a must see film from one of the best Latin American female directors working today.


Great reaction and discussion. Films were introduced by a faculty member who also guided the discussion with students and some members of the community after. Discussion went for 45 minutes!” – Omar Granados, Assistant Professor, UW- La Crosse

Great response–it appealed to so many different types of people, and people were struck by the film’s dark beauty. ” – Brett White, Professor of Spanish, Colby College

About the Director
Lucía Puenzo, began her career as a writer for television series and worked on The Whore and the Whale (La Puta Y La Ballena, 2004). In 2007 she shot her first movie, XXY a teen love story where sex plays an essential role. XXY was awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s Critic´s Week Award®, the Ariel® and Goya®Academy Awards as well as many other film festivals such as Athens, Bangkok, Cartagena, Edinburgh and Montreal. Puenzo is also a writer. She wrote The Fish Child (El Niño Pez, 2004), Nine Minutes (Nueve Minutos, 2005), The Curse of Pichimahuida Jacinta (La Maldición de Pichimahuida Jacinta, 2007), Rage of the Lobster (La Ira De La Langosta, 2009), and has been published in Argentina, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Brazil and the USA. In 2010 the British magazine Granta selected her as one of 22 best writers in Spanish under 35 years.
Notes on Film

From the initial publication in 2004 of my novel The Fish Child (El Niño Pez) I was tempted to transform the novel into a film. At that time I was a novelist and screenwriter who wrote for other directors, and did not imagine my first novel would become my second film. But while I was editing XXY, I began to write an adaptation that a year later finally found the producers, cast and team who were as excited as I was by the legend of the mitay pyra. The main characters in The Fish Child are two young girls who hide more than one secret: what they were forced to do in the past, what there are planning to do in a near future, and their romance.


“Simmering erotic tension! A couple against all odds turn to crime to realize their dream of being together.”VARIETY

The Fish Child is an upstairs-downstairs cross-border lesbian love-on-the-run thriller.”SCREEN DAILY

“The film is shot and edited delicately, making every inflection count.” – David D’Arcy, THE SCREEN DAILY

The Fish Child banks on the sizzle of its pair of young female stars and their enactment of class and erotic tensions to flavor its Sapphic noir melodrama.” – Bill Weber, THE SLANT MAGAZINE

The Fish Child is an enjoyably dark noir, with great performances from the leads, and wonderful direction from Puenzo.” – Ross McKenzie, THE FILM PILGRIM

“She challenges macho culture and its cruelty and corruption with an unblinking eye.” – Joan Burnett, SEEN MAGAZINE

“Appealing love story turns into exciting thriller.”THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“A dreamlike fairy tale, with magical imagery that really sparks the imagination.”SHADOWS ON THE WALL

“Argentine director Lucia Puenzo follows up her multi-award winning feature XXY with a slick passionate thriller, The Fish Child… Ines Efron (XXY) and Mariela Vitale (Emme) are perfectly cast… Puenzo brings us LGBT films to be proud of.”GaydarNation.com