The talented Mexican documentary maker, Eugenio Polgovsky, died in 2017. Shortly before his death, he had filmed his 5-year-old daughter, Milena, while she was taking care of a bird that had nested by his apartment window. The filmmaker’s sister, Mara, found the material shortly after his tragic death and edited it, in what was an evident and heartfelt tribute to Eugenio’s vision. Malintzin 17 is a beautiful family testimony to the bond between a father with an insatiable curiosity and a girl sharing her child’s view of the world. In addition, it was filmed under conditions of confinement which were a premonition of what we have all had to live through recently. (SdB)
International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Competition - 2022
Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Newcomers Competition - 2022
FICUNAM - International Competition - 2022
Cinema du Reel - Special Screenings - 2022
Visions du Reel - Official Selection - 2022
Eugenio Polgovsky (1977-2017), filmmaker and photographer, was one of the most renowned innovators of Latin-American non-fiction cinema at the beginning of the 21st century. His films include Trópico de Cáncer (2004), Los herederos (2008) and Mitote (2012).
Mara Polgovsky is a Mexican-Argentinian writer and researcher who worked with her brother Eugenio in films including Trópico de Cáncer (2004) and Resurrección (2016). Malintzin 17 is her first film as co-director.