NENA is a short documentary about Rosalina Avilés, my aunt. She had a very big house in a city near Mexico City, which is called Cuernavaca. Her husband died, so she begins to work, start renting her home and begin a new life, fighting for her three children. Now their children live in the United States and she finds herself alone with her memories. Nena maintain active, working in the Red Cross and has a group of friends with she meets every day of the week to play cards, most of the players are widows. Rosalina survived cancer and a number of adversities of her life, maintaining a sense of humor and physically a search for beauty. NENA talks about the absence, those houses that were filled with people, and now there are only remnants, a city that was formerly a holiday area and now by the violence in Mexico, many houses have been uninhabited, but the vegetation kept majestically alive and in resilience as NENA does every day.
- Lila Avilés
- Pedro Prieto
- Lila Avilés
I see cinema as a moment to think and go deeper. For me that is the importance of cinema that something profound is moving.
Lila Avilés was born in Mexico. She has worked in the theater as a director, writer and actress. She then moved into directing some shorts. Her documentary THE FERTILITY OF THE LAND won Best Documentary in Ecofilm Fest 2016. NENA is a short documentary about her aunt´s life in Cuernavaca. Her debut feature THE CHAMBERMAID had its international premiere at the 2018 Toronto IFF, and European premiere at the 2018 San Sebastian FF. It won the Guerrero Prize of the Press Fiction and Ojo Prize for Mexican Feature Film at the Morelia FF. She is developing her next movie that is an autobiographical story.