Mosquita y Mari

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This exquisitely-crafted coming of age tale follows a pair of Latina teens who gradually fall in love against the backdrop of East L.A. Studious, sweet-natured 15-year-old Yolanda feels the pressure to succeed under the eyes of her hard-working immigrant parents. When she meets her new neighbor, the feisty and alluring, BMX-riding Mari, Yolanda’s humdrum high school routine gets a jolt. The two girls don’t have much in common on the surface, but they become fast friends and their deep bond develops into a tension that neither one expected nor quite knows how to handle. Director Aurora Guerrero’s impressive feature film debut (which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival) features two breakout lead performances by Fenessa Pineda and Venecia Troncoso, who perfectly embody the awkwardness and cautious desire of two teenage girls experiencing love and desire for the first time. (Dir. by Aurora Guerrero, 2012, USA, in English and Spanish with subtitles, 85 mins., Not Rated) Digital