Cinema: Coyote Lake, a movie directed by Mexican Sara Seligman, is coming to streaming
Two women, a mother and a daughter, run an inn located next to a border lake. But beyond being an apparent tourist or adventure landscape, This site is a place of passage for those who flee or commit violence without knowing that they will find there even more danger at the hands of their caregivers.
Teresa (Adriana Barraza) is a protective mother with Ester (Camila Mendes), a teenage girl who learned more about death than life from her mother. And it shows in the secret that hides the depth of the lake: corpses thrown by the two.
Lucky or unhappy? To live in an area where they can commit shady actions with impunity because there is no law, his life is turned upside down with the appearance of two subjects who will have to test, without knowing it, who is the strongest in an environment where survival instincts prevail.
“We are living in a period of violence that reaches the least imagined places and the most unthinkable situations. This story arose out of the complex relationship between a mother and her daughter who live in an unfavorable environment where they are or are others. I wanted my main characters to be women because women can also make detective or thriller films without having to fall into the woods or be the victims ”, director Sara Seligman tells Spoiler.
Teresa and Ester also make us think about the toxicity or unhealthiness of the mother-daughter relationship. In this sense, the violent atmospheres, the past and present circumstances of certain regions, force to mask, deform or transform the love which in theory should exist between these two beings.
“Relations between parents and children are very difficult. Not everyone is this pure love of hugs. There are also friction, clashes, and questions due to the different characters, as well as the environments they grew up in. In this case, my job is not to judge these women but to show them in the complexity of an umbilical cord that it is not easy for any of them to break ”.
So that Coyote Lake If possible, Sara Seligman has had to face and work around a reality that many directors and writers face: being in charge of your own work. When she presented the script to the producers, the story seduced them to the point of wanting to invest in its realization, but on condition that it is not directed by her.
It took him almost a decade to realize his dream of making his debut. The wait was worth it as he was able to make his dream come true on two occasions: making his first film and having Adriana Barraza starring.
“When I showed the story to Adriana Barraza, she loved it. He helped me a lot to set up the project because he showed it to his contacts, asked them to trust me. I couldn’t do it. believe because I always wanted her to be the actress in my film ”.
His film could be released in American theaters in 2019, as well as in European theaters, however, Sara wants her work to be seen in Mexico: “Although I live in the United States, I am Mexican and I want the Mexican public to give me their opinion, I also want us to know how those of us who live here tell stories.”
Coyote Lake was filmed in Texas for 15 days, far from Falcon Lake, a real lake from which Seligman was inspired to develop his scenario and whose territory is controlled by organized crime.
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