Carla Simón & Dominga Sotomayor
Spain | 2020 | 19 min
World premiere
Languages : Spanish, Catalan
Subtitles : English, French

In the form of a filmed epistolary conversation, two young, experienced filmmakers discuss film, present and past family, heritage and maternity. The personal and profound reflections—which are embodied in the graceful images taken day-to-day—are suddenly echoed by the political emergency of a country.

Shaped like a filmed exchange of letters between director Carla Simón (among her works, the multi-nominated feature Estiu 1993 [2017] and the shorts Born Positive [2012] and Lipstick [2013]) and Dominga Sotomayor (director of celebrated pictures such as Thursday Till Sunday [2012] and Too Late to Die Young [2018]), this short film is an intense and intimate dialogue that interweaves a complex relationship between the two women. Through the images, emotions, and feelings, the two friends share stories and secrets that may have not found another way to be expressed. Shifting between Spain and Chile, the film gradually moves from the personal and confronts the political upheavals in their respective countries. The clashes between police forces and demonstrators become the image of a conflict that refuses to stay confined in the secret realms of the family but demands to confront publicly the issues that cause alienation and suffering. A challenging, deeply poignant and affecting film. “Revolution – Solution to all dreams”, as Michel Leiris used to say.
Giona A. Nazzaro
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