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Claudia Llosa Bueno

(1976-11-15) November 15, 1976 (age 47)
Occupation Film Director

Claudia Llosa Bueno (born 15 November 1976) is a Peruvian film director, writer, producer, and author. She is recognized for her Academy-Award-nominated film The Milk of Sorrow.

Early life

Claudia Llosa was born on November 15, 1976, in Lima, Peru. Her mother Patricia Bueno Risso is an artist from Italy and her father Alejandro Llosa Garcia worked in the engineering field. Her siblings are Patricia Llosa and Andrea Llosa. She is the niece of the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa and the film director Luis Llosa.

She studied at Newton Collegein Lima. Her post-secondary studies were spent majoring in Film Direction at the University of Lima.

Llosa moved from Peru to Madrid in the late 1990s. From 1998 to 2001 she studied there at the film academy Escuela TAI. At the end of her studies she started working on the script for Madeinusa. She moved to Barcelona to work in the advertising industry.


Claudia Llosa’s first film Madeinusa tells the story of a rural and religious village in Peru. In Madeinusa, the events occur over the Easter season due to the belief that during this period of time a person can sin without being punished. Madeinusa premiered in competition at Sundance Festival 2006 where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, won the prize for the best unpublished script at the 2003 Havana Film Festival and several international awards, including the FIPRESCI international critics award at Rotterdam Festival and the Best Latin American Film Award at Malaga Festival, among others.

In 2009 Llosa finished her second film The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada). The Milk of Sorrow was inspired by the era of terrorism which the citizens of Peru experienced between 1980 and 1992. This era gave rise to the Andean folk belief, which this movie is based on, that women who experienced trauma during this period of time would pass on their anxieties to their children through their breast milk. The film was shot over a period of six weeks with filming locations in Lima or near the capital. The film was written and directed by Claudia Llosa and the creation of The Milk of Sorrow included the help of cinematographer Natasha Braier and camera operator Guillermo Garcia Meza. The film was shortlisted for the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. It was the first Peruvian film nominated for the Golden Bear award, and won the main award. Llosa's film also gained recognition from awards such as FIPRESCI in 2009 and multiple awards at the Lima Film Festival. In Lima, Peru The Milk of Sorrow outsold the ticket sales of the film Slumdog Millionaire during its premiere. However, in the more rural communities of Peru The Milk of Sorrow did not gain the same reception.

On February 2, 2010, Llosa's The Milk of Sorrow was nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film Category. Also in 2010 Claudia Llosa was invited to become a member of Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

According to film scholar Sarah Barrows, Claudia Llosa’s films do not portray stereotypes of the indigenous communities of Peru. Although Llosa does not portray these stereotypes her films do not always receive a positive reaction from these communities due to the more serious depiction of them in films and the subject matters surrounding them. Llosa's films tend to focus on the harshness and difficulties these communities may face and for that reason indigenous communities do not see it as complimentary.

In 2012 Claudia Llosa's short film Loxoro, produced by the Oscar winner Juan José Campanella was shortlisted for the Berlin International Film Festival. Loxoro won the Teddy Award in the category of Best Short Film.

Claudia Llosa is the author of children's book La Guerrera de Cristal. This was her first work of literature and was published in 2013.

Her 2014 film Aloft had its premiere in the competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.


Year Film
2006 Madeinusa
2009 The Milk of Sorrow (La teta asustada)
2010 El niño pepita
2012 Loxoro
2014 Aloft
2021 Fever Dream

To date no other movie has been scheduled to be directed by Llosa.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work
2003 Havana Film Festival Best Unpublished Screenplay Madeinusa Won
2006 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Nominated
International Film Festival Rotterdam FIPRESCI Prize Won
Mar del Plata International Film Festival Best Latin American Feature Film Won
Lima Latin American Film Festival Best First Work: Second Prize Won
Jeonju Film Festival Woosuk Award Nominated
Havana Film Festival Grand Coral: Third Prize Won
Hamburg Film Festival Critics Award Won
Cine Ceará - National Film Festival Feature Film Trophy: Best Screenplay Won
Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo: New Directors Competition Nominated
2007 Cartagena Film Festival Special Mention Won
Golden India Catalina: Best Film Nominated
Adelaide Film Festival International Feature Award Nominated
2009 Montréal Festival of New Cinema Best Film The Milk of Sorrow Won
Lima Latin American Film Festival Best Peruvian Film Won
Havana Film Festival Grand Coral: First Prize Won
Guadalajara International Film Festival Mayahuel Award Won
Gramado Film Festival Golden Kikito: Best Film Won
Golden Kikito: Best Director Won
Goya Awards Best Spanish Language Foreign Film Won
Cinemanila International Film Festival Lino Brocka Award Won
Bogota Film Festival Golden Precolumbian Circle: Best Film Won
Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear Won
2010 82nd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film Nominated
Ariel Awards Silver Ariel: Best Latin-American Film Nominated
Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards Silver Condor Nominated
2012 Berlin International Film Festival Teddy: Best Short Film Loxoro Won
Golden Berlin Bear Nominated
2014 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear Aloft Nominated

See also

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