Bad Hair | Pelo Malo

[button color=”green” size=”medium” align=”left” link=”—Slaff”]Buy Tickets[/button]Sunday 7th September | 8pm
Event Cinemas George St Sydney
Feature | Mariana Rondón | Venezuela / Peru / Germany | 2013 | 93 min

Junior, 9, has stubbornly curly hair, or “bad hair.” He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta, a young, unemployed widow.

Marta, Junior and the baby brother live in a large multi-family building. Marta, overwhelmed by what it takes to survive in the chaotic city of Caracas, finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s fixation with his looks. The more he tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him.

His paternal grandmother asks Marta to give her the boy so that he can look after her. Marta refuses and tries to correct her son’s obsession by “setting an example,” a cruel moment which was meant to be a lesson. Junior finds himself cornered, face to face with a painful decision.

Spanish with English subtitles
Persons under the age of 15 can be allowed to the screenings only if in the company of an adult or parent or guardian

Bonus short film screeningCarina,  Mexico, Dir. Sandra Concepción Reynoso Estrada
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Director_MARIANA RONDONMariana Rondón: Director, screenwriter, visual artist. Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. After studying Animated Film in Paris, she graduated at first generation of the Film School EICTV, Cuba.
Her short film “STREET 22” received 22 international awards. Her first feature, “AT MIDNIGHT AND A HALF,” (2000) co-directed by Marité Ugás, received 5 “Opera Prima” awards and participated in more than 40 international film festivals. Her last feature “POSTCARDS FROM LENINGRAD” (2007) received 23 international awards, such as FIPRESCI at Kerala, Grand Prix at Biarritz and Revelation Jury Award at the de Sao Paulo Festival.
In Plastic Arts, her robotics installation “YOU CAME WITH THE BREEZE” (Fundación Telefónica Award) has been exhibited in Caracas, México City, Puebla, Gijón, Lima, Santiago and Beijing as part of the Olympics Cultural Project, 2008. She is presently working on the Interactive installation “SUPERBLOQUES.”
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Winner: 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival – Golden Shell, Best Film

Winner: 2013 Thessalonik International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize & FIPRESCI Award

Winner: 2013 Mar del Plata Film Festival – Best Director & Screenplay

Winner: 2013 Torino – Best Actress & Screenplay

Winner: 2013 Habana Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize