Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa to premiere new film on Feb. 12

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Critically-acclaimed Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa will premiere her latest work, and English-language film entitled “Aloft,” on Feb. 12 at the Berlin International Film Festival (more commonly referred to as “Berlinale”).

“Aloft,” starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, and Melanie Laurent, is Llosa’s first English-language film.

Llosa is the director of the 2009 film “La teta asustada” (released in English as “The Milk of Sorrow,”), which was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. It was the first Peruvian film to be nominated for this award.

The movie is premiering in the competition section of Berlinale, where it will be up for consideration for the prestigious Golden Bear award. If the film wins, it will be Llosa’s second Golden Bear; “La teta asustada” won the award in 2009.

According to IndieWire, the film “tells story of a struggling mother, Nana Kunning (Connelly), and her evolution into a renowned artist and healer. When a young journalist (Laurent) tracks down her son Ivan (Murphy) 20 years after Nana abandoned him, she sets in motion an encounter between the two at the very edge of the earth that will bring the very meaning of their lives into question and force them to contemplate living life to its fullest.”

Sony has picked up the film’s distribution rights for the United States and Latin America. Llosa’s newest movie, “Aloft,” will be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Rachel Chase is a proud born-and-bred Minnesotan who’s moved to Lima after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Spanish and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies. During her junior year of college, Rachel studied in Peru and loved it so much that she just had to come back. As well as being a dedicated News Editor, Rachel plays the ukulele and sings, as well as trying to devour as many books as she can.