In a little Peruvian seaside village, where traditions are always deep, where people are not open minded, Miguel (Cristian Mercado), a young fisherman, and his beautiful bride, Mariela (Tatiana Astengo), are about to welcome their first child. But Miguel possesses a scandalous secret: he’s in love with Santiago (Manolo Cardona), a painter, who is ostracized by the town because he’s gay. After a tragic accident, Miguel must choose between sentencing Santiago to eternal torment or revealing their relationship to Mariela and the entire village.
Written and directed by Javier Fuentes-León, and featuring a sizzling international cast, ‘Contracorriente’ is rich in the details of legend, tradition, and locale; and it is in these details that the truth lies. Strikingly photographed to accentuate the majestic Peruvian coastline, this sexy, haunting love story transcends place and time.
By Javier Fuentes
With Christian Mercado, Tatiano Astengo, Manolo Cardona
On screen in France: 23 november 2011