This is Cristina
Directed by Gonzalo Maza • Drama • With Mariana Derderián, Paloma Salas • 2018 • 82 minutes
Frances Ha is called Cristina in this Chilean generational comedy produced by Salma Hayek and directed by Gonzalo Maza, screenwriter of A Fantastic Woman and Gloria. Maza is renowned as one of the great screenwriters of Latin American cinema.
Cristina and Susana have been best friends since high school. But now, at over 30 years of age, they are getting a wake-up call. Cristina has just gone through a divorce and is not prepared for her new bachelorhood, while Susana returns to live at her mother’s house. When the women fight and drift, they must deal with a long list of selfish, self-centered, and egotistical men on their own.
With beautiful black and white cinematography inspired by the films of John Cassavetes and Jim Jarmusch, which Maza has cited as references, This is Cristina makes clear that Maza is as talented a director as he is a screenwriter.
“I was drawn towards Ella es Cristina for its unique portrait of a generation of urban young Chilean women struggling for recognition and respect but in a fresh and funny way.” – Salma Hayek, VARIETY