10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

3 Bellezas (2016 Feature Film)

Carlos Caridad-Montero | Venezuela | 2014 | 97 min | Spanish | e.s.

Black(ish) comedy about the beauty cult in Venezuela where plastic surgery seems standard practice. When a mother’s obsession with beauty pageants goes too far, it causes a rift between her daughters. Who will become Miss República? And at what price?

The beauty industry is big business in Venezuela and the country is a major supplier of beauty queens: the world’s most beautiful woman, Miss Universe, originated from the country no less than seven times. In late 2015, the Venezuelan runner-up also made the news after the presenter made an embarrassing mistake during the contest’s final. 3 Bellezas provides a painful, hilarious yet critical look at the insanity surrounding beauty pageants, which start at an early age for young girls. Perla, a single mother of three, is obsessed by these pageants. One of her daughters must become a beauty queen, whatever the cost, and training to accomplish that starts young. Walking lessons, compulsory weighing sessions, fingers-down-your-throat tips and a locked fridge are all part of the goal to win. The complete focus on glitter and glamour means son Salvador is entirely forgotten. Which daughter, Estefania or Carolina, has the best chance of winning? As the big day of the Miss República contest approaches, the competition between the two reaches dangerous new heights.

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 7 April 2016

Time: 16:30

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 8 April 2016

Time: 19:45

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 1

Date: 9 April 2016

Time: 12:45

Duration: 1:30

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Carlos Caridad-Montero


Alexandra Henao


Diana Peñalver
Josette Vidal
Fabiola Arace
Fabián Moreno
Georgina Palacios




Carlos Caridad-Montero




97 min


Eliana Navarro Buschbeck
Carlos Caridad-Montero

Production Company

Nomenclatura Films

Production Design

Matías Tikas


Media Luna New Films


Carlos Caridad-Montero

Year of Production


Carlos CARIDAD-MONTERO (1967, Venezuela) is a director and scriptwriter for film, TV and radio. He attended the Universidad del Zulia in Maracaibo and the Cuban film school Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de Los Baños. During the 1990s he founded his production company Nomenclatura Films, for which he directed a number of short films that ended up being screened at international festivals including Cannes. 3 Bellezas (2014) is his first feature film.



Sólo nosotros y los dinosaurios (1993, short doc), La estrategia del azar (1996, short), Tarde de machos (2002, short), Nocturno (2003, short), Dribla (2005, short), Maracaibo, con vista al lago (2007, doc), Bloques (2008, co-dir), Virgen de Chiquinquirá, Reina Morena de Venezuela (2009, short doc), 3 Bellezas (2014)