Argentina, 2014, Digital 2K, 72 min.
In a rural school in the middle of the mountains, a girl who is starting to become a woman feels the profound need to discover her true identity. She does not know who her father is and she is determined to find him, but her mother does not approve it. The hostility of winter in such a harsh place turns this desire into a real threat: freezing in the middle of nowhere. Going behind the backs of the school authorities and the girl’s mother, her teacher decides to help her. They set off on this quest for truth, but it is not going to be an easy journey... Their only clue is a small, rusty plate.
"Ciencias Naturales" sparked from an image: a woman and a girl, alone, sitting on the side of a mountain road in Cordoba, waiting for something in the middle of nowhere.
I had just finished writing "El Pampero", which was scheduled for 2014. I had the time and a strong need to film, to tell a story. Since "El Pampero" was too far away, I decided to write a story based on that image that had stuck in my mind.
During my teenage years, I used to visit the mountains in Cordoba quite often, sleeping in shelters, and that's how I got to know about the rural schools in the middle of the mountains, completely isolated from civilization. I learned about children who rode their horses for up to six hours to go to school. The image I described initially and these memories were enough for me and Gonzalo Salaya to get started. We got together for eight hours a day, every day, and three months later we finally said: "This is it. We need to film it right away".