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The Idea of a Lake

Fall Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

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

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.

Production Company Profile

Based in Buenos Aires, Ruda Cine is an Argentinean production company created in 2006 by Violeta Bava and Rosa Martínez Rivero. With its focus on Argentinean and Latin American feature-length narrative and creative documentary films, Ruda Cine has produced films including Milagros Mumenthaler’s ‘Abrir Puertas y Ventanas’ (2011), which won the Golden Leopard for Best Film, the Silver Leopard for Best Actress and the FIPRESCI Award at the Festival del Film Locarno, as well as numerous other awards and recognitions. Productions also include Martín Reitman’s ‘Dos disparos’ (2014), which premiered at Locarno, and was named Best Argentinian Film by the FIPRESCI jury; and ‘Copacabana’ (2007), which had its premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, won the FIPRESCI Prize at FICCO in Mexico in 2007, and was screened at numerous festivals.

Alina Film was set up in 2008 in Geneva by Eugenia Mumenthaler and David Epiney. Alina’s first feature film, Mumenthaler’s ‘Abrir Puertas y Ventanas’ (2011), won the Golden Leopard for Best Film, the Silver Leopard for Best Actress and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Festival del Film Locarno and the Golden Astor at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Floriane Devigne and Fred Florey’s documentary ‘The Laundry Room’, won the Grand Prize in the international competition at Visions du Réel in 2014, and Jean-Gabriel Périot’s ‘A German Youth’ opened the Panorama competition at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.

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

  • Production Company

    Ruda Cine

  • Production Company

    Alina Film

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