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Cristina and Susana have been best friends since high school but they’re both receiving a wake-up call in their thirties. Cristina just divorced and she’s not prepared for single life, and Susana’s living at her mother’s house again. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel?
Gonzalo Maza is an award-winning Chilean screenwriter, director and producer. He co-wrote with director Sebastián Lelio on four of his films including A Fantastic Woman, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2018. This is Cristina is his first feature as director. He lives in London.
Film Review: Gonzalo Maza’s whimsical Chilean arthouse romcom centres around the lives and loves of best friends Cristina and Susana as they deal with dull ex-husbands, demanding parents and the odd stray dog. Beautifully shot in black-and-white and divided into three distinct chapters, there are shades of Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach here, but Maza clearly has an outlook all of his own. Punchy performances from the various flawed men that punctuate the women’s lives light up the screen - Roberto Farías is especially memorable as egocentric drama teacher Rómulo, as is Alejandro Goic as Susana’s irresponsible father Pablo. But the film’s real backbone is formed by the enduring bonds of female friendship, charmingly portrayed by Mariana Derderián as Cristina and Paloma Salas as Susana - thirtysomethings full of doubts about everything except each other. Maza already has built quite a reputation as one of Latin American cinema’s top screenwriters - he co-wrote the 2018 Oscar winner A Fantastic Woman and was recently named amongst Variety's 10 Latinxs To Watch for 2020. This, his directorial debut and one of his own screenplays, executive produced by Salma Hayek, adds yet another feather to his already impressive cap. Adam Mattera