Sovereign proudly announces the digital release of director Melina León’s unique and heartfelt first film, on 22nd
Melina León's debut feature Song Without a Name(Canción Sin Nombre) has officially been submitted as Peru’s 2021 Academy Awards® candidate in the
International Feature Film competition.
Melina León is the first female Pervuian director to play Cannes
and this, her debut feature, went on to be
nominated for the prestigious Golden Camera at the festival
. Not only is Song Without a Name bruisingly evocative and moving, it’s an important film
inspired by a true story of human trafficking.
Song Without a Name
(Canción Sin Nombre)
is set in Peru in 1988. The country is in the grip of a devastating
political crisis. Georgina, a young woman from the Andes, has her newborn
daughter stolen, after giving birth at a fake health clinic. The desperate
search for her baby leads her to Pedro, a young and tenacious investigative
journalist who will stop at nothing to get to the truth.
Song Without a Name,
nominated for the prestigious Golden Camera at last year’s Cannes Film
Festival, is a bruisingly evocative and almost unbearably moving first
feature film from León. Evocatively filmed in stark black and white, it
features a poignant performance from newcomer Pamela Mendoza as the
beleaguered mother, with Tommy Párraga beautifully measured as the
journalist hitting endless Kafkaesque dead ends, as he burrows into the
corruption and strife of a country in turmoil.
As well as being a searing examination of the inequities of class, and the
dehumanizing effects of politics, Song Without a Name is also a nerve-wracking race
against time, with Georgina and Pedro on a seemingly futile search for the
stolen child. Audiences who relished the Costa Gravas classic Missing, or the Oscar-winning Spotlight, about the power
of journalism to uncover unpalatable truths, and Alfonso
Cuarón’s Roma, will find themselves haunted and enthralled by this
assured, resonant masterwork.