AWFJ Presents: XXY – Review by Beth Accomando

Lucia Puenzo’s directing debut is a coming of age film with a twist. XXY is about a teenager who was born with both male and female genitalia. Alex has been raised as a girl but at fifteen, she’s starting to question that identity. Puenzo’s film questions the way society has decided that there are only two ways to define sexual identity. Released in 2007, it remains is one of the few films to look to an intersex individual with genuine compassion and sensitivity in order to foster empathy and understanding.

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Lucia Puenzo on XXY, Parenting and Sexuality – Beth Accomando interviews

Much of Argentinian director Lucia Puenzo’s film work focuses on children and adolescence. In her 2007 narrative feature, XXY, the theme includes consideration of how parenting can ease or complicate a child’s challenging transformation during adolescence. In 2008, when XXY received its U.S. release, Puenzo spoke about her gender-centered film beginning with her intention in choosing its short and visually memorable gender-related title. She actually it chose for its visual impact.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jessica Chastain to star in LOSING CLEMENTINE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Jessica Chastain will play a troubled artist in the comedy-drama “Losing Clementine,” helmed by Argentine filmmaker Lucía Puenzo . Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab picked up the feature rights to Ashley Ream’s acclaimed debut novel of the same name and brought “Better Call Saul” writer and producer Ann Cherkis onboard to adapt the screenplay.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 21-27: THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Opening April 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The German Doctor, an unfathomable look at evil that follows the “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele, a German SS officer and physician at the Auschwitz concentration camp, in the years he spent living in South America following his escape from Germany. While residing with a Argentinean couple and their three children, Mengele finds a renewed interest in human genetic research. Read more…

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