Mosquita y Mari
Coming-of-Age Drama on Family, Friendship and First Love
Debuts Digitally May 7th and on DVD June 4th
Bonus Materials Include Aurora Guerrero’s Short Film Viernes Girl
and a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
San Jose, CA — Mosquita y Mari, Writer/Director Aurora Guerrero’s (Pandora’s, Viernes Girl) semi-biographical look at friendship and first love, debuts across all digital platforms beginning May 7th and lands on DVD June 4th from Wolfe Video. This exquisitely crafted coming-of-age tale follows a pair of Latina teenagers who fall gradually in love against the backdrop of life in Southeast Los Angeles. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to make the well-being of their families their first priority. Yolanda (aka Mosquita) delivers straight A’s in the hope of achieving the American Dream, while Mari shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scramble to make ends meet. As their relationship grows, it tests their loyalties to their families and each other.
Bonus materials include the making-of featurette “Behind the Scenes of Mosquita y Mari” and Aurora Guerrero’s short film “Viernes Girl,” about a young Salvadoran girl who gets creative with her ways of interfering in her brother’s romances.
“… an unassuming indie jewel …” – The New York Times
Mosquita y Mari was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the “John Cassavetes Award” and “Producers Award” at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. In addition, it was nominated as “Outstanding Film” at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards and took home the “Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature” and the “Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film” (Fenessa Pineda) at the 2012 Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Director Aurora Guerrero also received the “Best Director” honor from the 2012 Long Beach QFilm Festival and the “Global Can Award” at the 2012 William & Mary Global Film Festival.
“First-time writer-director Aurora Guerrero beautifully captures the fluctuating dynamics of friendship between 15-year-old girls in Mosquita y Mari.” – Variety
Synopsis: When straight A student Yolanda — aka Mosquita (Fenessa Pineda) decides to help struggling tough girl Mari (Venecia Troncoso) with her homework, an intense attraction evolves between the two. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Lost in their private world of unspoken affection, lingering gazes, and heart-felt confessions of uncertain futures, Yolanda’s grades begin to slip while Mari’s focus drifts away from her duties at her new job. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found desires, thus driving Yolanda and Mari’s relationship to the edge, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to each other.
Mosquita y Mari has a runtime of 85 minutes and is not rated.
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“… it doesn’t aim to make any grand statements. The sweetness and sincerity Guerrero and her leads infuse into their intimate coming-of-age story is more than enough.”– New York Daily News
Serving customers since 1985, Wolfe is the largest exclusive distributor of LGBT films. Recent major Wolfe titles include the wildly popular Berlinale Teddy Award winner, Tomboy; 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominees Gayby and Mosquita y Mari; and Sundance Audience Award winner, Undertow (Peru’s submission for the Academy Awards). Wolfe is also well known for the DVD releases of such beloved classics as Desert Hearts, Big Eden, Were the World Mine and A Marine Story. Wolfe’s acclaimed motion picture library can be found at WolfeVideo.com as well as at national retailers such as Netflix, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and VOD destinations such as Comcast, Time Warner, YouTube Movies, Hulu, iTunes and, of course, WolfeOnDemand.com. Find more info online at http://www.wolfevideo.com