Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez is a filmmaker who’s already got several documentaries and feature films under her belt. In 1998 she launched Astarte Films from San Jose, Costa Rica, a city where she’s been working as screenwriter and filmmaker. She was born in Moscow, Russia to an Iraqi father and a Chilean-Costa Rican mother.
Her first film, “El Camino,” premiered at the 2008 Berlinale. It would later go on to be shown at around thirty film festivals (including Tallinn Black Nights) and got more than a dozen international awards (including the Special Jury Prize at the IFF in Freiburg, the Fipresci Award in Guadalajara, the Best Latin American Film Award in Santiago, Chile and the Tato Miller Award at Mar del Plata).
The development of her second feature film, “Dos Fridas” began in 2011.
“Dos Fridas” is inspired by the relationship between Frida Kahlo and her Costa Rican nurse, Judith Ferreto. Maria De Medeiros plays Judith; Ishtar Yasin herself plays Frida.
“Dos Fridas” is based on a true story, with touches of the fantastical thrown in.
“Dos Fridas” will have its U.S. premiere at the upcoming Chicago Latino Film Festival which runs March 28th to April 11th.