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Malena Martínez Cabrera



I was born in Peru. I lived in Cusco and Lima, where I studied Music, Literature and Linguistics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. I used to work as a culture journalist, university assistant, film critic, translator and choir singer. In 2000 Austria became my second home.  I graduated as a Magister in Romance Philology at the University of Vienna with a tesis about the film adaption of a Peruvian Neo-Indigenista Novel by J. Ma. Arguedas.  In 2006 I enrolled a Master’s in CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. I felt in love with DOCUMENTARIES and self-produced my first one (Felipe, come back 67'). 2009 I attended the Aristoteles Workshop in Romania as an editor, and cinematography workshops in the ESCAC of Barcelona and analog film workshops in Filmkoop Wien. I am currently working in my second feature documentary film Hugo Blanco, Deep River with the support of the Federal Chancellery of Austria BKA.

Update 2014/2015 Hugo Blanco, Deep River  was selected for the European film development program Archidoc 2014/15 (La Fémis - MEDIA) together with other 9 European documentary films in production. I was selected in 2014/15 in the Mentoring Program from FC-Gloria and I had director Ruth Beckermann as my mentor. I attended the School of Artistic Photography Kubelka.

Languages: Spanish, German, English, Italian (all fluently) and some French.


In editing stage: Hugo Blanco, Deep River 100’ Creative documentary film. Mit Unterstützung des BKA Österreich. Regie/Produktion/Script

2009 Felipe, come back 67’ ( IX Muestra de Documental Independiente Peruano 2010, Festival de Cine de Lima 2010 ; Festival Lima Independiente 2011, Festival of New Peruvian Films, New York, 2012, Festival Surrealidades de Colombia 2010 (Oficial selection), etc. ) Regie/Script/Kamera

2001 Ramiro en Viena. 10’ (Lobende Erwähnung, Shorts on Screen ORF 2002) Regie/Script/Kamera



2012     Artikel: El indio arguediano en la adaptación cinematográfica de la novela Yawar Fiesta. In  „Arguedas: la dinámica de los encuentros culturales". Band II. Fondo Editorial PUCP, Lima, 2013. 359-370

2011   Essay: Frederick Wiseman. El escepticismo. In Godard! Textos escogidos 2001-2011. Mesa Redonda: Lima, 2011. 159-162

1998 - 2013 Diverses articles as film critic, filmjournalist and cultural journalist.


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