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Los insólitos peces gato / The Amazing Catfish

A film by Claudia Sainte-Luce

Mexico, Comedy/Drama, 2013
89 min, Digital, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


22-year-old Claudia lives alone in Guadalajara. One night, she ends up in the emergency room with signs of appendicitis. There, she meets Martha, who occupies the bed next to her. 46-year-old Martha has 4 children and an endless lust for life in spite of her illness. Moved by the lonely young woman, Martha invites Claudia to come and live with her when she leaves the hospital. At first, Claudia is bewildered by the somewhat chaotic organization of the household, but soon she finds her place in the tribe. And while Martha is getting weaker, Claudia’s bond with each member of the family gets stronger day by day. LOS INSÓLITOS PECES GATO received 7 Ariel nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

Texas Premiere

About the director

Claudia Sainte-Luce wClaudia Sainte-Luce was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1982. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Guadalajara in Visual Arts. Her film MUERTE ANUNCIADA won the Audience Award, Best Actor and a Jury Mention at the Festival Expresión en Corto in Guanajuato. In March 2011, with the script for THE AMAZING CATFISH, she attended the 17th Scriptwriting Laboratory supported by Bertha Navarro, the Sundance Lab and Toscano Foundation.


Producer: Geminiano Pineda
Production Companies: Cine Caníbal, Jaqueca Films, Good Lap Production, FOPROCINE, IMCINE
Screenwriter: Claudia Sainte-Luce
Cinematographer: Agnès Godard
Editor: Santiago Ricci
Sound Design: Frédéric Le Louet
Music: Madame Recamier
Cast: Ximena Ayala, Lisa Owen, Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillén, Andrea Baeza, Alejando Ramírez Muñoz

Print Source: Nathan Faustyn – Strand Releasing,



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