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Analeine Cal y Mayor
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Analeine Cal y Mayor
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Analeine Cal y Mayor studied filmmaking at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City. In her constant pursuit of knowledge that will better her filmmaking skills, she continues her studies with teachers Judith Weston (Los Angeles) and Joan Darling (Raindance Institute, London).

Her television credits as director include Mexico's Channel 11 series such as Leyendas del Deporte Mexicano, the children's series Woki Tokis and the youth series Arte Al Rescate. The National Newspaper Sinembargo.mx wrote about Analeine as one of 5 Mexicans who "gave us great satisfaction and we´re expecting more from them next year."

Analeine's talent was nurtured by several international grants: UNESCO-Aschberg artists-inresidenceprogram at Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen, Austria; Global Arts Village in New Delhi; and Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts, which sent her to Berlin where Analeine's video art projects came to prominence. Her videos have been seen in numerous festivals and galleries such as Proyector 2010 International Video Art Festival (Madrid), National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), and Praxis Gallery (Vienna) among others.

The Boy Who Smells Like Fish, written and directed by Analeine and produced by Canada's Rhombus Media and Redrum, is Cal y Mayor's first feature film. It premiered at Miami International Film Festival and Guadalajara International Film Festival.

In this light-hearted comedy the lead character, Mica, suffers from a few quirks. One is the fact that his parents bought a house once occupied by a Latin crooner named Guillermo Garibal. When they convert the house into a museum, poor Mica (Douglas Smith, from HBO's series Big Love) has to serve as tour guide. But that's not his worst problem.

He has a rare metabolic disorder, trimethylaminuria, that makes him smell like fish and drives people off. Not even his caring therapist, played by Carrie-Ann Moss (Matrix) can change that. Mica is simply doomed until young Laura walks into his life. Played by Zoe Kravitz (X-Men), Laura finds Mica's situation "unique" and she has a quirk of her own. Thus, in the evolution of self-acceptance, afflictions become uniquenesses become strengths.

Writer/director Analeine Cal y Mayor describes her story not as an examination of a weird disease but as "a sweet comedy about a boy who feels nobody understands him." That's not a rare condition.

For her sensitive tale of affliction and exclusion transformed to strength and acceptance through the power of love and understanding, Analeine Cal y Mayor has been selected by TheWIFTS Foundation to receive the 2013 Best Screenplay Award.




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