Song Without a Name
Critic's Choice Spotlight: Alonso Duralde • Drama, Thriller
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Diane Carson's AWFJ review: "In SONG WITHOUT A NAME, Peruvian director Melina León with tender compassion tells a tragic tale of abducted newborns. Never hurried, the story, inspired by actual events, unfolds at a measured pace with maximum effect devoid of sensationalism since, clearly, none is needed for this repulsive crime. With the perfect choice of black and white cinematography, the images complement the 1988 time frame and the milieu of the twenty-year-old, indigenous Andean mother Georgina Condori Ñaupari."
Based on harrowing true events, SONG WITHOUT A NAME tells the story of Georgina, an indigenous Andean woman whose newborn baby is whisked away moments after its birth in a downtown Lima clinic – and never returned. Stonewalled by a byzantine and indifferent legal system, Georgina approaches journalist Pedro Campos, who uncovers a web of fake clinics and abductions – suggesting a rotting corruption deep within Peruvian society. Set in 1988, in a Peru wracked by political violence and turmoil, Melina León’s heart-wrenching first feature renders Georgina's story in gorgeous, shadowy black-and-white cinematography, “styled like the most beautiful of bad dreams” (Variety).
Premiering in the Directors' Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival, SONG WITHOUT A NAME was selected as the Peruvian official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.
DIRECTED BY MELINA LEÓN
PERU, SPAIN, UNITED STATES | 2019 | SPANISH, QUECHUA WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES