The coming-of-age drama The Sharks (Los Tiburones), the directorial debut from Lucía Garibaldi, which world premiered at Sundance, where Garibaldi took home the prestigious Directing Award in World Cinema – Dramatic, will be released on VOD on April 14 and DVD on April 28.
The Sharks follows 14-year-old Rosina, who ticks the days of a restless summer in a sleepy beachside town away, until she sees an ominous dorsal fin during a swim. The rumor of sharks quickly spreads, unsettling the town, but Rosina remains unphased, instead focusing on her enigmatic coworker, Joselo, who she becomes increasingly attracted to and begins circling, much like the mysterious predators lurking just under the surface.
The quiet atmosphere at a small beach resort is rattled by the suspicion of an unheard-of shark invasion, which alarms the locals. 14-year-old Rosina, the middle child of three siblings, has no friends, and her exchanges with the world only consist of monosyllables and the occasional short phrase. She thinks she saw something in the water, but no one seems to be paying much attention to her.
Her family is more concerned about their tight economic situation, work and the approaching summer season. When her father recruits her to do maintenance work at some summer houses around town, she meets Joselo, a slightly older fisherman.
Among dirty swimming pools, pompous gardens and deserted beaches, Rosina experiences something new: a desire to bridge the distance between her body and Joselo’s. But the feeling is hardly mutual. To get his attention, she comes up with a convoluted, poorly planned strategy, going about it stealthily and menacingly, as if inspired by the mysterious predator.