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Courtesy of Figa Films

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Directed by Rosario Garcia-Montero

2011, in Spanish with English subtitles

Perú

107 minutes

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Las Malas Intenciones

Bad Intentions

Actress Katerina D’Onofrio in attendance

An amazing debut from Rosario García-Montero—named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker MagazineLas Malas Intenciones is a truly original coming-of-age story.

Cayetana, played with startling naturalism by Fatima Buntix, is a nine-year-old girl from a wealthy family living outside the city of Lima whose life is about to be turned upside down. Both sweet and dark—imagine an underplayed Wednesday Addams with a delicate voice—Cayetana spends her days floating between the isolation of her bourgeois home, the Catholicism of her private school, long car rides and conversations with her poor elderly driver, and her daydreams of becoming a violently martyred hero like the founding fathers of Peru. One day, her mother returns after months abroad to announce the birth of a new child, and Cayetana determines that the day the baby is born will be the day she dies.

Katerina D’Onofrio has studied acting under Carlos Criado, Marisol Palacios, Alberto Ísola, and Roberto Ángeles, and has attended contemporary dance workshops at the studios of Morella Petrozzi and Andazas. Her past roles include Venus in La gran sangre (2006) and the antagonist in Un amor indomable (2007). In Rosario García-Montero’s The Bad Intentions, D’Onofrio plays Ines, a mother whose daughter reacts to the impending birth of a new sibling in unexpected and troubling ways. The film won the Best Peruvian Film award at the Lima Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Gramado Film Festival. Most recently, D’Onofrio played the role of Leonor in the soap opera La Perricholi.

Named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, Peruvian Rosario García-Montero’s work has earned awards and international recognition. García-Montero has a degree in Film Studies from the University of Lima, her M.A. in Film from New York’s New School University, and workshops at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in Cuba, where she worked on the script for The Bad Intentions.