This Chilean road movie is set entirely in and around the car belonging to a middle-class family on a four-day trip to the north of Chile. It will be their last journey as a family. We occasionally catch a glimpse of marital problems, but the crisis is largely implicit. For instance, we often only see the backs of the silent parents' heads, seen from the perspective of the children in the back seat, who only have a partial idea of what is going on.
The journey that starts so cheerfully with all kinds of games in the car quickly acquires melancholy undertones: the children only want to go to the beach, while the father is heading for a new life in another apartment and the mother primarily yearns for a place which no longer exists, where everything remains the same as it was.
- Best Film - Festival de Cine de Iquique
- Best Film - Festival Cines Sur Granada
- Tiger Award for Feature Film, IFF Rotterdam
- Feature Film Grand Prize - IndieLisboa
- Special Mention of FEISAL Award Jury, BAFICI
- Audience Award - Tarkovsky IFF
- Honorable Mention / Narrative Competition - Los Angeles FF
- Best Cinematography, Transilvania IFF
- Grand Prix / International Competition - New Horizons IFF
- Best Film - Valdivia IFF
- Santi Ahumada
- Emiliano Freifeld
- Paola Giannini
- Dominga Sotomayor
- Bárbara Álvarez
- Danielle Fillios
- Catalina Marín Duarte
It's the first Chilean road movie. It's a journey and the attention is this family, and how the characters see through them. It doesn't stand out as a typically Chilean film but if you look closely, there is something very Chilean in the characters and the relationships.
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Gripping! Sotomayor handles the proceedings of her debut with quiet panache; the way she delves into filial dynamics is as evocative as it is understated.
Unabashedly part of an indie aesthetic that favors tightly controlled lensing and indirect thematic development, the pic says and conveys more substance with a seemingly casual glance than most action-packed vehicles.
I am interested in working with stories that are close to me; making fiction grow out of the empty spaces of my memory as a way to complete it.
Dominga Sotomayor was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985. She directed the short films CESSNA (2005); NOVIEMBRE (2007); DEBAJO (2007); LA MONTAÑA (2008) and VIDEOJUEGO (2009), which have taken part in and received awards at several international film festivals. Her first feature film, DE JUEVES A DOMINGO, was developed at Cannes’ Cinéfondation Résidence, received Hubert Bals Fund script and development support and premiered at the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it won the Hivos Tiger Award, before going on to win awards at IndieLisboa (Best Film); New Horizons (Gran Prix Best Film); Valdivia Film Festival (Best Film) and many others. The film has been released in countries worldwide. Her second feature-film project, TARDE PARA MORIR JOVEN, participated in the Binger Filmlab and Jerusalem International Film Lab programmes and received support from the Sundance Institute and the Hubert Bals Fund. Sotomayor has also participated in exhibitions in Santiago de Chile and London (Tate Modern) with video pieces and installations. LOS BARCOS (2016) was selected at IFF Rotterdam and IndieLisboa.