Panthers [Panteres]

Short Film


  • Fiction,
  • Completed,
  • Berlinale 2020,
  • Generation 14Plus Shorts

Èrika Sánchez Marcos

2020. Catalan, Spanish, Bubi. 22’

Joana and Nina, two 13-year-old girls, live in Barcelona trapped in the contradictions of female puberty in the first world. The first one, bubbly and brazen, has vital questions about female gender. Both are women of their time and culture: social networks, immediacy and excesses. Today, Joana has decided to put an end to her existential angst, devising a game in which she will involve her friend Nina. That decisive moment of puberty will change something in each of them forever.

Panthers arises from the need to explore female puberty and its ailments in first world countries.

At age 12, I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. In this story, anorexia appears as an anecdotal fact to connect us with a common denominator of history: the design of feminine identity in hetero-patriarchal societies. A contaminated search for idyllic images and preestablished gender models. The body and its disciplined punishment, the female physique as the materialisation of violence and vulnerability.


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