Malintzin 17

Malintzin 17

24th TDF: World Premiere

Minimalist in resources and filmed from the unusual vantage point of a second-floor apartment window, Malintzin 17 portrays two parallel expressions of parental care. For seven days and seven nights filmmaker Eugenio Polgovsky and his five-year-old daughter, Milena, contemplate a nurturing dove nesting her chick on a hazardous entanglement of electric cables situated right outside their balcony. The dove endures the cold and torrential rain, while Milena makes puzzled inquiries to her father about the bird’s location, its stillness, the meaning – and perils – of filming it, its true nature (is it a robot?), and potential ways to assist it (does she need food? Will the chick learn to fly?). Wielding a handheld camera from this elevated point of view, which parallels the bird’s, the film constructs a microscopic yet powerful environmental critique of nature’s entrapment within the aggressive infrastructures of modernity.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

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Direction: Eugenio Polgovsky, Mara Polgovsky
Script: Mara Polgovsky
Cinematography: Eugenio Polgovsky
Editing: Mara Polgovsky, Pedro González-Rubio
Sound: Javier Umpierrez
Production: Tecolote Films, Piano
Producers: Mara Polgovsky, Julio Chavezmontes
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Mexico
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 64΄

Eugenio Polgovsky


2004 El Color de su Sombra (short)
2004 Tropic of Cancer
2008 The Inheritors
2012 Mexican Ritual
2016 Resurrección
2022 Malintzin 17

Mara Polgovsky


2022 Malintzin 17