During the summer of 1990 in Chile, a small group of families, living in an isolated community right below the Andes, builds a new world away from the urban excesses, trying to put to good use the emerging freedom that followed the recent end of the country’s dictatorship. In this time of change and reckoning, the teenagers Sofía, Lucas and Clara struggle with their parents, their first love, and their fears as they prepare a big party for New Year’s Eve. They may live far from the dangers of the city, but not from the ones of nature.
- Pardo for Best Director - Locarno Festival
- KNF Award for Best Dutch Film - IFF Rotterdam
- Best Director Special Mention - FICUNAM
- Demian Hernández
- Antar Machado
- Magdalena Tótoro
- Matías Oviedo
- Antonia Zegers
- Alejandro Goic
- Mercedes Mujica
- Eyal Meyer
- Gabriel Cañas
- Andrés Aliaga
- Dominga Sotomayor
- Inti Briones
- Catalina Marín
- STRAY DOGS
Sotomayor lays great store by looks and glances, implying entire emotional states with how and where her protagonist’s gaze lingers.
Time passes at a gradual pace in this self-contained world, and Castillo’s filmmaking absorbs that ubiquitous feeling, with languid scenes of neighbors sitting around strumming guitars, smoking pot, and gazing at the vacant landscape.
Castillo develops a masterful sense of multiple circumstances unfolding at once — the partying, the music, a clandestine makeout session and a neighborhood brawl — before merging them together in a remarkable finale that suggests the end of one major life chapter and the start of something new.
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 (2012), was developed at Cannes’ Cinéfondation Résidence, received Hubert Bals Fund script and development support and premiered at IFF 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 FF (Best Film) and many others. The film has been released in countries worldwide. Her second feature-film project, TARDE PARA MORIR JOVEN (2018), 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. She was one of the directors of the anthological film THE YEAR OF THE EVERLASTING STORM (2021) that was screened in Cannes FF in the Special Screenings section.