Lucía

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    Lucía

    Directed by

    Chile

    2010

    80 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    From the director of REY presented at TorinoFilmLab - FrameWork

    Lucía is a young woman who works as a seamstress in a factory and lives with her father in an old house in Santiago, Chile. The film occurs in December 2006 during the weeks that take place from the ex-dictator Pinochet‘s funeral to Christmas. Through the simple observation of Lucía‘s daily life, the spectator is allowed access into a hidden and neglected world of a generation of Chileans striving to recover from the military dictatorship.

    Awards

    • Best Chilean Director Award, Valdivia IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize, Special Jury Award & French Critics Award, LAFF Toulouse

    Credits

    Cast
    Gabriela Aguilera
    Gregory Cohen
    Eduardo Barril
    Esperanza Silva
    Screenplay
    Niles Atallah
    Cinematography
    Niles Atallah
    Editing
    José Luis Torres Leiva
    Andrea Chignoli

    Director's Statement

    Lucía is an intimate film: the portrait of a woman, a house, and a family. To me, it is a film that explores the realms of pain and love, loss and hope, as well as the crushing weight of nostalgia, of ghosts from the past that have remained trapped in silence.
    I choose not to deal with political issues directly in the film, but rather to focus on the subtle marks left by history in the daily lives of individual characters. The political elements that are present in Lucía serve as a false catalyst, a promise held within a crystal ball: perfectly clear, but ultimately unattainable.

    Production
    DILUVIO
    Festival Bookings
    RAMONDA INK

    Press

    Artfully observed... fascinating story... a talent to be watched

    Mark Adams, Screen Daily

    Niles Atallah

    Niles Atallah

    Chile

    For me filming is an act of possession, of magic. Once the threshold of the camera and microphone is passed miracles can happen.

    Niles Atallah (1978) is a film director, videoartist and photographer. He studied Art with a focus on Painting and Photography in the United States. He is the co-director of the animation film series Lucía, Luis and the Wolf, composed of the two shorts: Lucía (2007) and Luis (2008). His first feature film Lucía (2010) premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Zabaltegi "New Directors" section. His second feature film REY (2017) was screened at IFFR where it won the Special Jury Award.

    Selected Filmography