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The headless woman

La mujer rubia
International title La mujer sin cabeza (The headless woman)
Section Sección Oficial Largometrajes Fuera de Competición / Lucrecia Martel
Country Argentina, España, Francia. Italia
Year 2008
Running time 89
Director Lucrecia Martel
Screenplay Lucrecia Martel
Film Editing Miguel Schverdfinger
Photography Bárbara Álvarez

El Deseo

Aquafilms (Argentina)

Slot Machine (Francia)

Teodora R&C (Italia)

Distribution Company


Verónica is driving down the road when, after a brief moment of distraction, she suddenly realises the impact she just heard means she has just run over something – or someone. As in a daze, she keeps going without looking back. She seems confused in the next few days as her social life absorbs and dilutes the incident. After she finally tells her husband she believes she may have killed somebody, they return to the place of the incident only to find a dead dog there. Little by little, Verónica manages to calm down and return to her normal life, but some unexpected piece of news brings it all back. The lifeless body of a boy has been found in the accident area

Director bio

Lucrecia Martel was born in Salta (Argentina) in 1966. Initially she studied Communication Sciences at the university, but her passion for film led her to the Avellaneda Film School and to the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica (ENERC). Her earliest success came with her short film Rey Muerto (1995), which received an award at the Havana Film Festival. Her first feature film, La ciénaga (2001) received the Best Debut Film award at the Berlin Festival, as well as international recognition. Her next film, La niña santa (2004), competed in the official selection at Cannes. The Headless Woman (2008), her most recent film, was also entered in the competition for the Palme D’Or