El inca, la boba y el hijo del ladrón
at the SLAFF
A moment of the film A moment of the film

The film, following the tradition set by other Spanish-speaking productions such as Amores Perros or Babel, is structured chorally so each character develops his own story independently

If you are thinking about going to this year's edition of the Sydney Latin American Film Festival, but you are not sure about what movie to pick (we all know how random can foreign film festivals be sometimes...) here you have a sure bet: 'El inca, la boba y el hijo del ladrón' (The inca, the silly girl and the thief's son). Despite having a title hard to remember at first sight, the first work of Peruvian writer and film director Ronnie Temoche is a well-rounded drama which has been awarded with the Grant Award of The Global Initiative (US) and the Audience's Choice Prize of the Lima Film Festival 2012.


'El inca, la boba y el hijo del ladrón' consists of three independent stories which will eventually converge in an ultimate end of destination embodied by the capital city, Lima. The main characters of each one of them are, of course, an Inca (or kind of), a silly teenage girl who desperately seeks adventure and excitement through love, and a young man who has to live in a village where everyone hates him because of his late dad's tendency to stealing of his neighbours.

The film, following the tradition set by other Spanish-speaking productions such as Amores Perros or Babel, is structured chorally so each character develops his own story independently. Carlos Cubas plays 'El Inca', a middle age wrestler who is told he is too old to keep going with the only thing he knows how to do, fighting. While this happens, somewhere in North Peru, Flor Quesada is 'La Boba', an 18 year-old girl who lives with her dad and younger sister and who spends the whole day working at the family restaurant. Among the few customers who go there, Flor picks (always poorly) someone to fall in love with who will take her away from that miserable life.

At the same time, in a rural village not far away from Flor's restaurant, Robert works as a gravedigger to support his 15 year-old wife who is pregnant, but his boss, the priest, hasn't paid him yet and he is unable to find another job in a town where everyone despises him. These circumstances, added to an unbearable feeling of loneliness they all share, will push the three characters towards a journey to the capital city. In Lima, an unexpected ending will set the circumstances for the three line stories to meet.

Surprisingly, all actors in this film are amateurs and this has been the first work for most of them (Carlos Cubas is, for example, a university lecturer while Flor Quesada currently works as a waitress). However, their performances are strong and consistently credible, while the story is so engaging that will make you remember a title you always thought you would never even learn.

'El inca, la boba y el hijo del ladrón' will be screened on Sunday 16th of September at 7pm at Bankstown Arts Centre.

By Anna Vilalta Font

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