Song Without a Name

Directed by Melina León
97 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Selected for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, this powerful feature, bearing striking similarities to Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, is based on the true story of a stolen newborn in 1980s Peru.
The first film by a Peruvian woman to be selected at Cannes, Song Without a Name is set in the 1980s during a political crisis in the country and is based on true events. Georgina is a woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic that promised free treatment to the poor. Increasingly desperate, she heads to a major newspaper where an investigative journalist becomes determined to discover the truth, despite mysterious figures threatening to use his sexuality against him. Soon, they discover that Georgina is not alone in having her child taken from her. With beautiful and affecting music, and a meticulous visual aesthetic, this lyrical film is all the more poignant and personal given that director Melina Leon’s father was one of the journalists who broke this disturbing story decades ago.
A bold, beautiful debut… Peruvian writer-director Melina Leon’s visually striking period piece is a Kafka-esque crime thriller inspired by real events.
Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter


Thu 13 June
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Late Announce
Original Title
Canción sin nombre
Unclassified 15+
Peru, Spain, United States, Chile
In Spanish with English subtitles
Melina León
Inti Briones, Melina León, Michael J. White
Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas
Melina León, Michael J. White
Inti Briones
Melina León, Manuel Bauer, Antolín Prieto
Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Cannes Selected, Latin America, Cinephile, LGBTIQ Films
Company Credits
World Sales: Luxbox
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