By the Fire

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    By the Fire

    Sentados Frente al Fuego

    Directed by

    Chile

    2011

    95 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Daniel and Alejandra have been together for a couple of years. Both are approaching their 40s, and now they set out on a new adventure: to try their luck in the countryside. But Alejandra suffers from a serious illness that slowly eats into their dreams while putting Daniel’s love and patience to the test.

    Awards

    • Coup de Coeur Special Mention - Cinélatino
    • Honorable Mention of the Jury - Festivalissimo
    • Best Actor (for Daniel Muñoz) - Festivalissimo

    Credits

    Cast
    Daniel Muñoz
    Alejandra Yañez
    Screenplay
    Alejandro Fernández Almendras
    Cinematography
    Inti Briones
    Production
    EL REMANSO CINE

    Press

    The dying embers of a love affair are delicately raked over to haunting effect in "By the Fire", a gentle, carefully observed drama

    Variety

    Alejandro Fernández Almendras

    Alejandro Fernández Almendras

    Chile

    Film criticism has been key to my work as a filmmaker

    Born in 1971, Chile. Alejandro Fernández Almendras studied journalism and since 2002 has directed several awarded short films. His debut feature HUACHO (2009) premiered in Festival de Cannes and his second film BY THE FIRE (2011) premiered at San Sebastian FF. TO KILL A MAN (2014) won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance FF and represented Chile at the Academy and Goya Awards. His film MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2016) premiered at San Sebastian and Sundance FF. His latest film, THE BEST WE CAN (2018), partially funded by the Jeonju Cinema Project grant, courtesy of the Korean festival, was screened at Jeonju IFF 2018. In 2019 he released his film THE PLAY.

    Selected Filmography