A School in Cerro Hueso

Una escuela en Cerro Hueso

Director: Betania Cappato
Country: Argentina

2021 | 70 min. | Spanish
Subtitles: English, German SDH

Cast_ Clementina Folmer, Mara Bestelli, Pablo Seijo, Irene Zequin, Mónica Núñez Screenplay_ Betania Cappato, Iván Fund Camera_ Iván Fund Producer_ Iván Fund, Betania Cappato Rights_ 1844 Entertainment

Little gestures as opposed to big words: Betania Cappato gently guides us through the world of her autistic protagonist and demonstrates the value of quiet impartiality.

Secretly is the only way Julia can cut the fingernails of her sleeping daughter, Ema. The autistic girl would otherwise fight back. She’s already been rejected by 17 schools because she doesn’t speak and hardly communicates at all. Only the headmistress in a remote village says: “We’re a small school. Here, people help each other.” In almost documentary-like images, the director observes Ema and her parents, who are now moving from the big city to the countryside. Casual gestures from their new neighbours and schoolmates teach the three of them the value of informal and unbiased togetherness: a kiss here, a smile there. They take the family as it is and show that it’s OK to live by your own rules and thus eventually be accepted – by yourself and by society.


Betania Cappato, born in Argentina in 1984, is a photographer and filmmaker. She studied film in Sante Fe and made her debut at Doc Buenos Aires in 2018 with her documentary ›Frankie‹. Her first feature film, ›A School in Cerro Hueso‹, premiered at the Berlinale.


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