Undertow

2009 | Coming Out / Homophobia / Latino/a / Relationships | 100m | Spain
Directors: Javier Fuentes-Leon

In a tiny traditional Peruvian seaside village, Miguel, a young fisherman, and his beautiful bride, Mariela, are about to welcome their first child. But Miguel has a secret: he’s in love with Santiago, a painter who is ostracized by the town because he is gay. As this strikingly original romantic drama unfolds, Miguel must find the courage to be true to himself. His bittersweet, and ultimately uplifting personal journey embodies the essence of what it means to be a man.

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Reviews and Awards

Audience Award — Sundance Film Festival

Outstanding First Feature Jury Award — Frameline

Audience Award — Chicago Latino Film Festival

Audience Award — Audience Award

“Powerful & original.” —San Francisco Examiner

“Strikingly photographed to accentuate the majestic Peruvian coastline, this sexy, haunting love story transcends place and time.” —Sundance Film Festival