Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic — The Sharks

The Sharks

Rosina ticks away the days of a restless summer in her sleepy beachside town until she sights an ominous dorsal fin on one of her habitual ocean swims. Though many are unsure whether her encounter was real, rumors of sharks spread and unsettle the town. Unperturbed by the panic, Rosina shifts her focus to her summer job and her enigmatic coworker, Joselo, who ignites in her an odd, conflicted attraction she hasn’t quite reckoned with before. When his affections start to wane—and with the shark still circling in her thoughts—Rosina resolves not to be easily dismissed.

Lucía Garibaldi’s first feature pulses with foreboding, sly humor, and a simmering explosiveness that’s delightful to watch unfold. Through isolated landscapes, a captivating synth score, and a calmly defiant lead, Garibaldi explores a lonely world where teenage desire fluctuates between the routine and the dangerous. Newcomer Romina Bentancur stuns with a performance that’s simultaneously vulnerable and brazen, mining this stylish coming-of-age story for all of its quiet glory.

CATEGORY Award Winner Screenings

RUN TIME 83 min