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.
- Best Chilean Director Award, Valdivia IFF
- FIPRESCI Prize, Special Jury Award & French Critics Award, LAFF Toulouse
- Gabriela Aguilera
- Gregory Cohen
- Eduardo Barril
- Esperanza Silva
- Niles Atallah
- Niles Atallah
- José Luis Torres Leiva
- Andrea Chignoli
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.
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Artfully observed... fascinating story... a talent to be watched
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.