festival program / Jordan Ressler First Feature Award

Lina from Lima


Chilean filmmaker María Paz González has made documentaries like Daughter that have been widely acclaimed in her home country, but for her narrative debut, which premiered to great praise at the Toronto International Film Festival, she went in a decidedly different direction – crafting a delightful and utterly unforgettable musical comedy.

Lina is a Peruvian woman who works as a domestic helper for a wealthy Chilean family. She earns enough to make her own ends meet, and to send money back to her son in Lima. With Christmas just around the corner, she prepares for her annual trip home, but this year she comes to the stark realization that no one is really waiting for her there. Her son, who has blocked her on Facebook, has a girlfriend he won't tell her about; and her ex-husband has a newborn baby with his new partner. With her past life fading before her eyes, can she reinvent herself in her new country?

Featuring dazzling, Busby Berkeley-like musical interludes in which Lina projects her newfound freedom and desires, and a captivating performance from Miami Film Festival favorite Magali Solier (Milk of Sorrow, Amador) Lina from Lima is one of the most original and delightful Latin American films of the year.

This screening is sponsored by HBO, FlixLatino, ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity, and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.

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SilverSpot Cinema 11

SilverSpot Cinema 12

Director Bio

María Paz Gonzalez is a Chilean writer, producer, and director. Daughter, her first feature documentary received an award for Best National Documentary in Chile. Lina from Lima is her debut narrative feature.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    María Paz Gonzalez
  • Screenwriter(s)
    María Paz Gonzalez
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Benjamín Echazarreta
  • Composer
    Cali Flores, José Manuel Gatica
  • Cast
    Emilia Ossandon, Cecilia Cartasegna, Javiera Contador, Magaly Solier

Film Info