A highly-acclaimed gay drama about a married fisherman in love with a gay artist. “Undertow” is the winner of 39 film festival awards including the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Film Awards at LGBT festivals in: Miami, Provincetown, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Austin, Memphis, Oslo, Long Beach, Atlanta, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Montreal, Puerto Rico and Sao Paulo. It was Peru’s submission to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.
In a tiny Peruvian seaside village, where traditions run deep, Miguel (Cristian Mercado), a young fisherman, and his beautiful bride, Mariela (Tatiana Astengo), are about to welcome their first child. But Miguel harbors a 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 occurs, Miguel must find the courage to be true to himself and do right by Santiango and, in turn, reveal their relationship to Mariela - and the entire village. “Undertow” (“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. [Spanish with English subtitles, 2009]