Laura Amelia Guzmán
From her empty nest in Santo Domingo, Dominique is waiting for her first grandchild to be born abroad, and she eagerly expects a baby girl. When Carmen, her live-in maid, vanishes without a warning and leaves behind her 7-year-old granddaughter, Dominique takes the girl in. As she deals with pushback from her family, Dominique finds herself challenging her own priorities.
Laura Amelia Guzmán (Dominican Republic, 1980) has co-created 7 features during the last 17 years alongside her husband, Mexican filmmaker Israel Cárdenas, jointly producing, writing and directing documentaries and fictions that present a careful look at the social contexts that surround them. Their work has been presented at festivals such as Berlinale, Toronto, Venice, Rotterdam, among others. La Hembrita, her first feature as sole director, had its world premiere at IFFRotterdam in January 2023.

– International Film Festival Rotterdam IFFR 2023 – Big Screen Competition / World Premiere (The Netherlands)

– Festival de Cine de Málaga 2023 – Official Selection Out of Competition (Spain)

– Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay 2023 – Official Selection Iberoamerican Films (Uruguay)

– Lima Film Festival PUCP 2023 – Out of competition (Peru)

– AFI Latin American Film Festival 2023 – Official Selection (United States)

– Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Mostra) 2023 – International Perspective Program (Brazil)

– Costa Rica International Film Festival 2023 – Central American and Caribbean Feature Film Competition (Costa Rica)

– FICCALI, Cali International Film Festival 2023 – International Competition (Colombia)

  • Original title La hembrita
  • Director Laura Amelia Guzmán
  • Duration 92
  • Production year 2023
  • Format DCP
  • Category Feature Film
  • Subcategory Fiction
  • Gender Drama
  • Nationality Dominican Republic
  • Producer Lantica Media, Aurora Dominicana, Purpleline Productions
  • Dialogue language Spanish
  • Subtitle language English
  • Intérpretes Cecilia García, Aleska Vásquez, Xiomara Fortuna