Dedicated housewife and mother María del Carmen receives a strange yet compelling gift for her 50th birthday: a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of the bust of Nefertiti. So taken is María with the image of the queen of ancient Egypt that she spends the whole night putting the puzzle together, and in doing so discovers a great talent and passion that brings her to question how she wants to live the rest of her life. Considered by many to be the film that saved last year’s Berlin International Film Festival, Puzzle has thrust first-time director Natalia Smirnoff into the spotlight; she has gone from being a director’s assistant to one of Argentina’s most talented filmmakers—including Lucrecia Martel and Pablo Trapero—to being considered one of the most exciting new directors to emerge from Latin America in recent years. Beautifully and intimately lensed by Barbara Alvarez (The Headless Woman and Whisky), Puzzle is a charming introduction to a new talent with a promising future.

Students with valid ID receive complimentary admission to Latin Wave films on Sunday, May 1 only.

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Natalia Smirnoff
Spanish with English subtitles
Running Time
86 minutes