Nishat Kurwa on Friday, Aug. 3rd
The affecting teen romance film Mosquita y Mari opens today in Manhattan, and is called an “unassuming indie jewel” in a Times piece today by Stephen Holden:
This semi-autobiographical movie, written and directed by Aurora Guerrero, is about dealing with powerful personal and social undercurrents as Yolanda becomes aware of her attraction to Mari, who may or may not return her feelings. Those desires remain mostly unexpressed except for a few tentative caresses. “Mosquita y Mari” is neither a standard coming-out film nor a ballad of requited or unrequited love.
Ms. Pineda and Ms. Troncoso give wonderfully natural performances in which they convey the impulsiveness and insecurity of adolescence. You are uncomfortably reminded of what it feels like to be 15.
You may remember, Turnstyle had an early lead on this gem. We covered director Aurora Guerrero’s story back when the film was first released. Here’s that story again, for your listening pleasure (check out the movie’s awesome music, composed for the film):