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Peruvian native Claudia Llosa born in Lima on November 15th 1976) studied Communication Studies in Lima and later scriptwriting at the Escuela TAI in Madrid. She is the niece of the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa and the film director Luis Llosa. She began her career in advertising before starting her own film production company.
Her first feature film Madeinusa was released in 2006. Madeinusa enjoyed its premiere in competition at Sundance Festival, won the prize for the best unpublished script at the 2003 Havana Film Festival and several international awards, including the FIPRESCI international critics award at Rotterdam Festival and the Best Latin American Film Award at Malaga Festival, among others. Three years later, the film La teta asustada (The Milk of Sorrow) was a selection in the Berlinale Competition programme and went on to win the Golden Bear and the FIPRESCI Award. It was the first Peruvian film nominated for the Golden Bear and won the main award.
La teta asustada was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Also in 2010 Claudia Llosa was invited to become a member of Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Her English-language film debut Aloft (No llores, vuela), starring Jennifer Connelly, Mélanie Laurent and Cillian Murphy, screened in Berlin Competition in 2014 and Sundance Spotlight 2015. It was released in Spain in January 2015 and it will be released in the USA in May.
She is also a Commercial director and has worked with brands such as Estrella Damm, Font Vella, Prom Perú, Entel or American Express.
image from film Aloft (2014) with Jennifer Connelly
We simply prefer to deny death or tragedy at all costs and, with it, a fundamental aspect of life.
We do this instead of acknowledging that suffering represents one of the strongest incentives of life,
which is the base of human solidarity and what brings intensity to happiness.