AMPAS ’16: Lucia Puenzo

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Lucía Puenzo is an Argentine author and director who began her career as a screenwriter. After graduating from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in literature, she attended the National Film Institute in Buenos Aires. She wrote her first screenplay, The Whore and the Whale, in 2002 followed by Through Your Eyes in 2007. In that same year, she directed her feature film XXY.

In 2013, Puenzo wrote, produced and directed The German Doctor (called Wakolda in Argentina). On top of directing and screenwriting, Puenzo has written several novels including “El Niño Pez” and “Nueve Minutos.”

Excerpt of FF2 Media review of The German Doctor from April 25, 2014:

Fascinating Argentine drama about Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele (“the Angel of Death”) imagines an upscale post-Auschwitz life for him in the Andean resort of Bariloche until Israelis capture Eichmann & Mengele flees to Paraguay. All the while, he continues his nefarious “experiments,” finding ideal subjects in teenage Lilith & her mother Eva (pregnant with twins).

The German Doctor was written & directed by Lucia Puenzo. As a director, Puenzo is superb. The film moves fast and even though we all know the ending (anyone who knows this subject already knows that Mengele was never captured), the suspense is excruciating. The cinematographer, Nicolas Puenzo, turns Bariloche into a haunted dreamscape, and composer Daniel Tarrab jangles our nerves with increasingly ominous dissonance.

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