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Give Me the Backstory: Get to Know Klaudia Reynicke, the Filmmaker Behind Reinas

13/03/2024

By Bailey Pennick

One of the most exciting things about the Sundance Film Festival is having a front-row seat for the bright future of independent filmmaking. While we can learn a lot about the filmmakers from the 2024 Sundance Film Festival through the art that these storytellers share with us, there's always more we can learn about them as people. This year, we decided to get to the bottom of those artistic wells with our ongoing series: Give Me the Backstory!

Klaudia Reynicke is having a tough go at making a decision. The Swiss-Peruvian filmmaker is constantly making choices and finding the strength in herself to stay authentic to her storytelling visions in her films, but right now she's deciding between her favorite project to come from the Sundance Institute and Film Festival, and it's proving trickier than she thought it would be. I'm having a hard time choosing between The Blair Witch Project, Whiplash, and Call Me by Your Name, she says.

Her latest feature, Reinas, joins those ranks as part of the Sundance Film Festival class of 2024. The film, which premiered as part of the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, follows the story of two teenagers reuniting with their estranged father before they move from their home of Peru to Minnesota. Set in the summer of 1992, Reinas tackles the historical struggles for safety in Lima through the tender and complex lens of this family and their shifting relationships and dynamics.

Reynicke feels the weight and honor of having her semi-biographical film added to the Sundance-supported cannon. I have been watching films coming out of Sundance since I was a young adult, she explains. In my personal journey, Sundance has always been synonymous with a true cinematic experience. Having my film showcased at Sundance is beyond any dream come true, I could not be happier.

Learn more about the inspiration behind Reinas, Reynicke's filmmaking journey, and what things are always stocked in her refrigerator, below.
LINK: https://www.sundance.org/blogs/give-me-the-backstory-get-to-know-klaud...
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