Magazine article Screen International

Natalia Smirnoff, Lock Charmer

Magazine article Screen International

Natalia Smirnoff, Lock Charmer

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Jeremy Kay talks to the Argentinian director about her Sundance World Cinema Dramatic entry.

Argentinian director Natalia Smirnoff got the idea for World Cinema Dramatic entry Lock Charmer (El Cerrajero) after she locked herself out of her house.

"[The door] was completely locked with a second lock I hadn't locked the night before," says Smirnoff, who fell into a kind of reverie as she sat for three hours one Sunday afternoon while the locksmith worked his magic.

Indeed there is magic in Lock Charmer. The locksmith of the film, averse to commitment and mortified to learn his girlfriend is pregnant, begins to see into people's lives when he fixes their locks.

"Some would call it a gift," says Smirnoff, "but for Sebastián it feels more like a curse. With the help of Daisy, an unlikely assistant who very much wants to believe in his gift, Sebastián reluctantly sets out to use his talent for his own good. …

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