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The Idea of a Lake

Fall Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage

Milagros Mumenthaler / Feature Narrative / Switzerland, Argentina, Qatar / 2016 / 81 min / Original Language: Spanish / Interests: Drama, Identity


Inés, a 35 year-old photographer, is expecting a child and is in an emotionally vulnerable state. Her imminent motherhood drives her to finish a book of personal photos and poems she has been working on. The process of making this photobook gradually transforms into a very personal and free exploration of her past, her relationship with her mother and her brother, and the absence of her father, who was disappeared during the military dictatorship in Argentina.


Milagros Mumenthaler
Milagros Mumenthaler
Eugenia Mumenthaler
Production Company
Ruda Film, Alina Film
Production Company
Ruda Cine

About the Director

Milagros Mumenthaler was born in Argentina in 1977. Soon after, she moved to Switzerland, were she grew up. She has directed five award-winning short films, which have been selected for numerous international film festivals. The script for ‘Abrir Puertas y Ventanas’ (2011), her first feature-length film, was developed at the Cinéfondation; among many other awards and recognitions, the film received the Golden Leopard for Best Film, the Silver Leopard for Best Actress and the FIPRESCI Award at the Festival del Film Locarno.

Awards and Festival History


Locarno Film Festival 2016, International competition (WP)
San Sebastian Film Festival 2016, Horizontes Latinos
Busan International Film Festival 2016, Flash Forward
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017, Voices


  • Director

    Milagros Mumenthaler

  • Main Contact

    Eugenia Mumenthaler

    Alina Film

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