FIFTY YEARS AGO Carmen Ignarra left her Cuban homeland and travelled to Hollywood, hoping to become a great actress. But her initial success was followed by a slow, painful decline. Today, at 80, she lives forgotten in an old mansion in Monterrey, Mexico. Laura, a young woman from the Dominican Republic, arrives to work as a housekeeping assistant. She brings a video camera and the secret intention of making a documentary about Carmita. Together they talk about the past, about wasted talent and lost loves.



Dominican Republic, Mexico


Spanish, with English subtitles




Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas

Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas

Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, from the Dominican Republic and Mexico respectively, made their first narrative feature, Cochochi, in 2007. Their second film, Jean Gentil (2010), won the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the ttff/11. Carmita is their most recent film and their first documentary.

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