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Claudia Llosa Bueno (born 15 November 1976) is a film director, writer, producer, and author. She is recognized for her Academy-Award-nominated film, The Milk of Sorrow.


Early life
Claudia Llosa was born on November 15, 1976, in . Her mother, Patricia Bueno Risso, is an artist from Italy and her father, Alejandro Llosa Garcia worked in the engineering field. Her siblings are Patricia Llosa and Andrea Llosa. She is the niece of the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa and the film director .

She studied at Newton College in Lima. Her post-secondary studies were spent majoring in Film Direction at the University of Lima.

Llosa moved from Peru to in the late 1990s. From 1998 to 2001, she studied there at the film academy Escuela TAI. At the end of her studies ,she started working on the script for . She moved to to work in the advertising industry.


Career
Claudia Llosa’s first film, Madeinusa tells the story of a rural and religious village in Peru. In Madeinusa, tvents occur over the Easter season due to the belief that during this period of time ,a person can sin without being punished. Madeinusa premiered in competition at Sundance Festival 2006 ,where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, won the prize for the best unpublished script at the 2003 Havana Film Festival and received several international awards, including the FIPRESCI international critics award at Rotterdam Festival and the Best Latin American Film Award at Malaga Festival, among others.

In 2009, Llosa finished her second film, The Milk of Sorrow ( La teta asustada). The Milk of Sorrow was inspired by the era of terrorism by the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso),

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which the citizens of Peru experienced between 1980 and 1992. This era gave rise to the Andean folk belief, which this movie is based on, that women who experienced trauma during this period of time would pass on their anxieties to their children through their breast milk. The film was shot over a period of six weeks, with filming locations in Lima or near the capital. The film was written and directed by Claudia Llosa and the creation of The Milk of Sorrow included the help of cinematographer and camera operator Guillermo Garcia Meza. The film was shortlisted for the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. It was the first Peruvian film nominated for the Award and won the main award.Kuhlbrodt, Detlef: Die Reichen, die die Lieder der Armen stehlen . In: , 13. Februar 2009, S. 26 Llosa's film also gained recognition from awards such as FIPRESCI in 2009 and multiple awards at the Lima Film Festival. In Lima, Peru, The Milk of Sorrow outsold the ticket sales of the film Slumdog Millionaire during its premiere. However, in the more rural communities of Peru The Milk of Sorrow did not gain the same reception.

On February 2, 2010, Llosa's The Milk of Sorrow was nominated for the in the Best Foreign Film Category. Oscar Nominations: Foreign Film Category Also, in 2010, Claudia Llosa was invited to become a member of Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

According to film scholar Sarah Barrows, Claudia Llosa’s films do not portray stereotypes of the indigenous communities of Peru. Although Llosa does not portray these stereotypes, her films do not always receive a positive reaction from these communities due to the more serious depiction of them in films and the subject matters surrounding them. Llosa's films tend to focus on the harshness and difficulties these communities may face and for that reason, indigenous communities do not see it as complimentary. One of the reasons viewers critiqued her films, in particular The Milk of Sorrow was due to the fact that Llosa stated in her press conference that much of the story is fiction and that such things as "the milk of sorrow" and women adopting extreme measures for rape prevention were not real.

In 2012, Claudia Llosa's short film , produced by tscar winner Juan José Campanella was shortlisted for the Berlin International Film Festival.http://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressevorf_hrungen/datenblatt.php?film_id=20126574 Loxoro won the in the category of Best Short Film.

Claudia Llosa is the author of children's book La Guerrera de Cristal. This was her first work of literature and was published in 2013.

Her 2014 film Aloft had its premiere in the competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

Claudia Llosa is also credited as director for a few episodes in TV series such as 50 años de, Fronteras, Echo 3, and Invasion.


Filmography
+ !Year !Film
2004Red Envelope
2006
2009The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada)
2010El niño pepita
2012Loxoro
2014Aloft
2021Fever Dream
2021Mis otros yo
, no other movie has been scheduled to be directed by Llosa.


Awards and nominations
2003Havana Film FestivalBest Unpublished ScreenplayWon
2006Sundance Film FestivalGrand Jury Prize: DramaticNominated
International Film Festival RotterdamFIPRESCI PrizeWon
Mar del Plata International Film FestivalBest Latin American Feature FilmWon
Lima Latin American Film FestivalBest First Work: Second PrizeWon
CONACINE AwardWon
Jeonju Film FestivalWoosuk AwardNominated
Havana Film FestivalGrand Coral: Third PrizeWon
Critics AwardWon
Cine Ceará - National Film FestivalFeature Film Trophy: Best ScreenplayWon
Chicago International Film FestivalGold Hugo: New Directors CompetitionNominated
2007Cartagena Film FestivalSpecial MentionWon
Golden India Catalina: Best FilmNominated
Adelaide Film FestivalInternational Feature AwardNominated
2009Montréal Festival of New CinemaBest FilmThe Milk of SorrowWon
Lima Latin American Film FestivalBest Peruvian FilmWon
CONACINE AwardWon
Havana Film FestivalGrand Coral: First PrizeWon
Guadalajara International Film FestivalMayahuel AwardWon
Gramado Film FestivalGolden Kikito: Best FilmWon
Golden Kikito: Best DirectorWon
Best Spanish Language Foreign FilmWon
Cinemanila International Film FestivalLino Brocka AwardWon
Bogota Film FestivalGolden Precolumbian Circle: Best FilmWon
Berlin International Film FestivalGolden Berlin BearWon
FIPRESCI PrizeWon
201082nd Academy AwardsBest Foreign FilmNominated
Silver Ariel: Best Latin-American FilmNominated
Argentinean Film Critics Association AwardsSilver CondorNominated
2010Prêmio GuaraniPrêmio Guarani: Best Foreign FilmThe Milk of SorrowNominated
2012Berlin International Film FestivalTeddy: Best Short FilmLoxoroWon
Golden Berlin BearNominated
2014Málaga Spanish Film FestivalGolden BiznagaAloftNominated
2014Berlin International Film FestivalGolden Berlin BearAloftNominated
2017Málaga Spanish Film FestivalEloy de la Iglesia Award Won
2021San Sebastián International Film FestivalGolden SeashellFever DreamNominated


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