OPENING NIGHT FILM
TAFFNY VIRTUAL CINEMA
*In partnership with Instituto Cervantes NY
JUNE 25, 2020. Available from 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm
Followed by Q&A with director Belén Funes
A THIEF'S DAUGHTER
ORIGINAL TITLE: La hija de un ladrón
DIRECTOR: Belén Funes
CAST: Greta Fernández, Eduard Fernández, Àlex Monner
AWARDS: Over 26 festival nominations and 10 festival wins including the Goya Award for Best New Director.
Date completed: 2019
Film Category: Fiction
Length of Film: 102 min
Sara, 22, has just had a baby and wants to lead a normal life with her younger brother. After years of absence and a long period in jail, their father, Manuel, decides to suddenly reappear in their lives. Just as things start to get better for her, Sara will have to make the toughest decision of her life. She will need to ward off her father from her loved ones or face the fear to start from scratch.
Belén Funes was born in Barcelona in 1984. Studied film directing at ESCAC (Spain) and screenwriting at EICTV (San Antonio de los Baños Film School). She has been working as script supervisor and assistant director in many Spanish productions. SARA'S RUNAWAY (Sara a la fuga) was her first short screened at international festivals like Zagreb Film Festival and won best short/best director at Málaga Film Festival. In 2016 Variety shortlisted Belén as one of the ten Spanish talents to track.
Her first feature film, LA HIJA DE UN LADRÓN (A Thief's Daughter), premiered in the official competition of the 67th San Sebastian Festival and was the winner of the Goya Academy Award for Best First Direction.