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                                     A film by Lucía Puenzo

                             “El Niño Pez”

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 RT: 96 minutes, color, 35mm, aspect ratio 1.85 flat, digital exhibition format: Digital Betacam,
aspect ratio 16x9 anamorphic (1.78), sound: stereo, country of origin: Argentina, in Spanish with
                           English subtitles, not rated by the MPAA
                      Official U.S. Website: www.elninopezmovie.com

Won - Silver Biznaga - Special Jury Award - Lucía Puenzo – Malaga Spanish Film Festival
(and) Silver Biznaga - Best Cinematography - Rolo Pulpeiro - Málaga Spanish Film Festival

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Lala, a teenager from the most exclusive suburban neighborhood in Buenos Aires, is in love
with Ailin, (the Guayi), a 20-year-old Paraguayan maid working in her home. They dream of
living together in Paraguay, at the shores of Lake Ypoá. The murder of Lala’s father puts a rush
on their plans, spurring them to escape via a highway that connects the North of Buenos Aires
with Paraguay. While Lala waits to be reunited with her lover in Ypoá by reconstructing her past
(the mystery surrounding her pregnancy and the legend of a fish child who guides the drowned
to the bottom of the lake), Ailin is detained in an institution for juvenile offenders. It seems she
has been hiding a criminal past, involving the murder of her own baby…..a product of her
father’s abuse when she was only 14 years old. Revenge, risk, semi-violent sex and blood
weave a plot that finds a way out from the uncertainty with which young people live in the same
world they condemn.

Director, Writer: Lucía Puenzo (Based upon a novel by Lucía Puenzo)
Cast: Inés Efron, Mariela Vitale and Carlos Bardem (brother of Javier Bardem)
Producers: Luis Puenzo, José Maria Morales
Co-producers: Marin Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz and Charles Gillibert from MK2
Director of Photography: Rodrigo Pulpeiro

"El Niño Pez," written and directed by Lucía Puenzo, follows her 2007 multiple award-winning
film, "XXY," which garnered the Critics' Week Grand Prize at the 2007 Festival de Cannes. "El
Niño Pez" premiered at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival and made its U.S. premiere in
competition at the Tribeca Film Festival as a part of the World Narrative Feature Competition.



Argentina is considered a country of immigrants; 86% of Argentina's population says they are of
European descent….primarily from Italy and Spain. Initial immigration occurred during the pre-
colonial era of the 19th Century. Today, illegal immigration is on the rise, as people pour in from
Bolivia and Paraguay, (countries that border Argentina to the north), as they seek opportunities
for jobs and education.


Many films from the "New Wave" of Argentine cinema have achieved worldwide recognition.
Examples include ―The Official Story,‖ (La Historia Official), which won an Oscar for Best
Foreign Language Film, ―Nine Queens‖ (Nueve Reinas), which was nominated for a Grand Jury
Prize at AFI, ―Man Facing Southeast‖ (Hombre Mirando Al Sudeste), which was nominated for a
Goya for Best Foreign Spanish Film and Won the International Critics' Award at the Toronto
International Film Festival, ―Son of the Bride‖ (El Hijo De La Novia), which was nominated for
an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and ―The Motorcycle Diaries,‖ (Diarios de
Motocicleta), which won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures,
Original Song, and was nominated for another Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.

The legend of El Nino Pez—the fish child—comes from Guarani, an indigenous group in South
America whose influence on Paraguay is unparalleled to any other South American group. The
fish child (mitay pirá) is an aquatic infant who dwells in the Ypoá lake in Paraguay, where he
escorts drowned people to the lake’s bottom. Parts of this legend are reminiscent of earlier
tales, such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, an ancient Babylonian myth. King Gilgamesh of Uruk was
deeply disgruntled by his own mortality, and went on a quest with his companion, Enkidu, for
eternal life. After Giglamesh sought out Utnapishtim, the only mortal to survive a fatal flood on
mankind and granted immortality by the gods, he is told to dive into the bottom of a sea where a
plant of immortality exists. (Gilgamesh succeeds in both retrieving and losing the plant.)


Portions of ancient legends hold thematic motifs to this film. Lala, the daughter of a high
powered judge, has a fierce passion for free-spirited, reckless Ailin…not unlike King
Gilgamesh’s love for his friend, Enkidu, who is half-wild. Ailin may also be thematically informed
by the character of Amphitrite (a sea-goddess in ancient Greek mythology) who became the
consort of Poseidon. She flees Poseidon and seeks the protection of Atlas at the farthest
reaches of the water’s edge; her offspring were sea creatures. Ailin’s son may be informed by
the tale of Ichtiandr (literally "Fish Man" in Greek) who is unable to interact with the world
outside his ocean environment. Set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, it presents an adventurous love
story which became a 1962 film entitled ―The Amphibian Man.‖ The story touches on socialist
ideas of improving living conditions for the world's poor.


Lucía Puenzo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1976. She published the novels "El Niño
Pez"(2004), "9 minutos"(2005) and ―La Maldición de Jacinta Pichimahuida"(2007). El Niño Pez
has just been published in Germany (Wagenbach, Feb. 2009), Italy, USA and Brazil.

―XXY‖ (2007), her first feature length film, won the Critics Week Award in Cannes 2007 and a
Goya for the Best Foreign Film, along with the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique, Cannes
2007 and Best Foreign Spanish Film, Goya Awards 2008, Spain.

Writing credits:

"The Merciful Women" (Produced by Richard Rubinstein, USA, 2006)
"Lo Que Tiene El Otro" (Miguel Perelló, Valencia, Spain, 2005)
"A Través de tus Ojos" (Rodrigo Furth, Argentina, 2005)
"La Puta y la Ballena‖ (Luis Puenzo, Argentina, 2004)
"La Mitad" (Marcelo Piñeyro, Argentina, 2004)
"No Fumar Es Un Vicio" (Sergio Bizzio, Argentina, 2005)
"Agustín" (Wanda Visión, José María Morales, Madrid, Spain, 2003)
"La Utopía" (Luis Puenzo, Argentina, 2001)
"Historias Cotidianas" (Andrés Habbeguer, Argentina, 2000)
(Documentary on the sons and daughters of the desaparecidos)
"Sol Negro" (Adrián Caetano, 2003)
"Tiempo Final" (Borensztein, 2000)
"Malandras" (Borensztein, 2003)


Inés Efron

She received international recognition with her role as an intersexual adolescent in "XXY"
(2007), directed by Lucía Puenzo. She also received the Clarín Awards Best Actress 2007, Sur
Awards Best New Actress 2007, Condor de Plata Awards Best Actress 2008, Pune International
Film Festival 2008 Special Mention and the Cartagena International Film Festival Best Actress
2008. She also worked in "La Mujer Sin Cabeza" (Lucrecia Martel, 2008) and "El Nido Vacío"
(Daniel Burman, 2008), among others.

Mariela Vitale (Emme)

Singer, composer and producer of songs from her first album: "Femme," she participated in
albums and concerts with musicians such as Javier Malosetti, Iván Noble and Fito Páez. Born
into a family of musicians, she is the daughter of the well-known composers Lito Vitale and
Verónica Condomí. "The Fish Child" is her feature film debut. She is the leading actress for the
theatrical musical comedy "Doña Flor Y Sus Dos Maridos."

Pep Munné

Well known in the world of Spanish cinema, theater and television, Pep Munne has worked with
many famous Directors, such as Ventura Pons ("¿Qué Te Juegas Mari Pili?," 1990), Julio
Medem ("Los Amantes Del Círculo Polar," 1998), Luis Puenzo ("La Puta Y La Ballena," 2004)
and Alfonso Arau (―L’imbroglio Nel Lenzuolo,‖ 2008).

Arnarldo André

Andre is a Paraguayan actor who is known for his star turns in mythical soap operas such as
"Rolando Rivas, Taxista" (1972), "Piel Naranja" (1975), "Amor Gitano" (1983), "Amo y Señor"
(1984), "El Seductor" (1985), "El Infiel" (1985), "Amándote" (1988), "Pobre Diabla" (2000). His
roles made him famous as a soap opera hero; he is well-known in all Latin America.

Carlos Bardem

A Spanish actor and writer, he has worked with illustrious Directors such as Alex de la Iglesia
("Perdita Durango‖ 1997), Santiago Segura ("Torrente: El Brazo Tonto De La Ley" 1998), Bigas
Luna ("Volavérunt" 1999), Milos Forman ("Goya’s Ghosts" 2006) and Steven Soderbergh ("Che:
Part Two" 2008).

Diego Velázquez

Actor, Author, Choreographer, Dancer, Director and Theatre Instructor, Velazquez is a graduate
from the Buenos Aires Drama School. He was nominated for a Trinidad Guevara 2006 Award
for Best Choreographer and a Clarín Award for Best New Actor for his role in "Decidí Canción"
(2004). He received recognition for his parts in Alejandro Tantanian’s plays "Los Sensuales"
and "Los Esmerados", and the feature film "100 Tragedias," directed by Sergio Bizzio and
Mariano Galperín.
Sandra Guida

Guida is a leading actress in famous musicals, such as "El Beso De La Mujer Araña" (Harold
Prince, 1995),"Chicago" (Walter Bobby, 2001) and music hall shows from the Bottom Tap
company. She’s one of the most well-known musical comedy actresses in Argentina, and has
received many national as well as international awards. She has toured extensively through
Latin America, Europe and Japan, and has taught courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic
Arts in London.

Julián Doregger

Doregger is one of the most promising young talents in Argentina’s indie cinema scene. He
received critical recognition for his leading role in the play "La de Vicente López" (2007), written
and directed by Julio Chávez. "El Niño Pez" is his feature film debut.

Ailín Salas

Salas began her career acting in television movies. "XXY" (2007) was her first feature film. She
also played a part in "La Sangre Brota" (Pablo Fendrik, 2008).

MUSIC - Goldstein and Tarrab

Andres Goldstein and Daniel Tarrab composed the original music for the following films.

―XXY‖ (2007) (Argentina-France)
Director: Lucía Puenzo.

Goldstein and Tarrab Winner of Discovery of the Year, Original Score in the World Soundtrack
Awards – Flanders International Film Festival, Belgium (2007). The music of XXY and
Inheritance was performed in October 2008 by the Brussels Philharmonic during the 8th Edition
of the World Soundtrack Awards.

―La Señal‖ (The Signal) (2007) (Argentina-Spain)
Directors: Ricardo Darin – Martin Hodara

―El Arca‖ (The Ark) (2007) –Animation Film- (Argentina- Spain)
Director: Juan Pablo Buscarini

―Inheritance‖ (2006) (USA)
Director: James Moll – Academy Award Winner
Producer: Allentown Productions USA

―Deuda‖ (Debt) (2005) (Argentina)
Director: Jorge Lanata – Andres Schaer

―La Puta y La Ballena‖ (The whore and the Wale) (2003) (Argentina- Spain)
Director: Luis Puenzo – Academy Award Winner
―Some Who Lived‖ – Broken Silence Series (2002) (USA)
Director: Luis Puenzo – Academy Award Winner
Producer: Steven Spielberg – Academy Award Winner

―Felicidades‖ (Merry Christmas) (2001) (Argentina)
Director: Lucho Bender.

MUSIC - Veronica Condomi

Daughter of Paraguayans, in the ’70s she was part of MIA (Independent Musicians Associates),
singing in a duet with Liliana Vitale. In the ’80s she participated in MPA (Popular Musicians
Argentina) together with Jacinto Piedra, Peteco Carabajal, Chango Farías Gómez and el Mono
Izarrualde. In the ’90s she was part of the band called La Nota Negra, with Quique Condomí,
Irene Cadario, Samy Mielgo and Abel Rogantini. She played with Javier Maloseti, Oscar Giunta
and Ernesto Snajer before the trio Condomí, Snajer, Guevara. She composed the guarani
theme "Reke Hagua," especially for her daughter, Mariela Vitale (Emme), to sing in the film "El
Niño Pez."

MUSIC - The Potrankos

The Potrankos are a Paraguayan band specializing ―tropical‖ music, and garnered a Golden
Record 2008 in Paraguay. During the shooting of "El Niño Pez," they travelled to Buenos Aires
to play their most famous theme, "Caramelito," at a Paraguayan disco, which is part of the
movie’s soundtrack. They also sang the theme "Con Locura," composed by Andrés Goldstein
and Daniel Tarrab (Swing Musica), exclusively for "El Niño Pez." The theme will be included in
their next record.

MUSIC - Mariela Vitale (Emme)

Singer, composer and producer of songs from her first album: "Femme," she participated in
albums and concerts with musicians such as Javier Malosetti, Iván Noble and Fito Páez. Born
into a family of musicians, she is the daughter of the well-known composers Lito Vitale and
Verónica Condomí. "The Fish Child" is her feature film debut. She is the leading actress for the
theatrical musical comedy "Doña Flor Y Sus Dos Maridos."


Lucía Puenzo wrote El Niño Pez , her first novel, when she was 23 years old. It was published
by Beatriz Viterbo Editorial in 2004 (First Edition) and in 2008 (Second Edition). In 2009, the
novel will be published in Germany, Italy, England, France, Brazil and the United States.



Inés Efron - Lala
Mariela Vitale – Ailin, La Guayi – (the maid)
Carlos Bardem – Pulido – (the dog trainer, Ailin’s friend)
Arnaldo André – Sócrates Espina – (Ailin’s father, the actor)
Julián Doregger - Nacho (Lala’s brother)
Sandra Guida - Felicitas
Pep Munné – Fernando Bronté – (Lala’s father, the Judge)
Diego Velázquez - El Vasco – (the police chief)


Directed and Written by Lucía Puenzo
Based upon a novel by Lucía Puenzo

Produced by
Charles Gillibert Associate Producer
José María Morales ....Co-Producer
Miguel Morales ....Co-Executive Producer
Luis Puenzo ....Producer
Fernando Sirianni ....Executive Producer

Original Music by
Andrés Goldstein (original music by)
Daniel Tarrab (original music by)
Laura Zisman (co-composer)

Cinematography by Rolo Pulpeiro
Film Editing by Hugo Primero
Casting by Pablo Carnaghi Claudia Marquez
Art Direction by Mercedes Alfonsín
Costume Design by Julio Suárez

Makeup Department
Marisa Amenta .... Makeup Artist
Second Unit Director Or Assistant Director
Fabiana Tiscornia .... Assistant Director
Sound Fernando Soldevila

Visual Effects by
Gonzalo Gutiérrez .... Visual Effects Director
Muracciole Matias .... Visual Effects Producer
Sergio Pickelny .... Digital Compositor

Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Hermo .... Gaffer
Jaime Muschietti .... Electrician

Editorial Department
Elida Inés Cederma .... Negative Cutter
Andrés P. Estrada .... Assistant Editor

Other crew
Pablo Ramos .... Script Supervisor

Production Companies
    Historias Cinematograficas Cinemania
    MK2 Productions
    Wanda Visión S.A.
    Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
    MK2 Diffusion (2009) (France) (theatrical)
    Wanda Distribución Cinematográfica de Films S.A. (2009) (Spain) (all media)

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