World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Screenwriting
While her filmmaker husband works in Chile, harried young mother Liz struggles to take care of her infant son. Feeling out of place amongst the tight-knit group of other parents at the park, doubted by her husband, and judged by her newly hired nanny, Liz is drawn to factory worker Rosa, a plain-talking single mother she meets at the swings one day. Despite Liz’s liberation upon finding a bold new confidante, the friends’ increasingly apparent class differences, along with swirling rumors about Rosa’s motives and muddy family situation, feed Liz’s suspicions that her new pal might be a sinister influence on her already fragile life.
An honest appraisal of the public and private faces of motherhood, Mi Amiga del Parque casts the insecurities and exaltations of female friendship in equally sharp relief. In the role of Liz, Julieta Zylberberg fully embodies the anxieties and discomfort of a woman unraveling at the upheaval of her entire identity, while Ana Katz (who is also the film’s writer/director) plays the shrewd, fiery Rosa with a fierce sensitivity that earns both empathy and suspense.
Ana Katz was born in Buenos Aires in 1975. She has won international awards for her acclaimed feature films, which include Musical Chairs (2002), A Stray Girlfriend (an Un Certain Regard premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival), and Los Marziano (2011). Her latest film, Mi Amiga del Parque, was presented at the Co-Production Forum of the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Her next project, Sueño Florianópolis, received the INCAA-ANCINE Co-Production Award in 2015.