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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Tarde para morir joven (Too Late to Die Young) (2019 Feature Film)

Dominga Sotomayor | Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Qatar | 2018 | color | DCP | 110' | Spanish | e.s.

Through the eyes of teenagers Sofia, Lucas and Clara, we see life in a Chilean commune in the summer of 1990, as the residents prepare to celebrate the New Year. The experiences of the three teenagers reflect the growing pains of Chile’s new democracy, after almost two decades of military dictatorship.

Chile, in the summer of 1990. Just after the fall of Pinochet and his military dictatorship. The inhabitants of a remote commune in the foothills of the Andes try to make a new life, far from the chaos of the city. They don’t have electricity yet, but the people there feel free after years of oppression. We see life here through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Sofia and Lucas, who is the same age and secretly in love with her. But Sofia has feelings for Ignacio, who is older.

In this coming-of-age story, Dominga Sotomayor (who previously won two Tiger Awards at IFFR) has created a principally sensory, tangible experience. This year, she was the first woman to win the award for Best Director in Locarno. Clearly, it is not only the teenagers who are experiencing growing pains. The same is true of the country of Chile itself, as it learns to stand on its own two feet again.

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 13:45

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 12 April 2019

Time: 21:00

Duration: 1:30

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 10:45

Duration: 1:30

Year in Festival
Dominga Sotomayor
Inti Briones
Demian Hernández
Antar Machado
Magdalena Tótoro
Matías Oviedo
Andrés Aliaga
Antonia Zegers
Alejandro Goic
Catalina Marín
Dominga Sotomayor
Rodrigo Teixeira
Stienette Bosklopper
Production Company
RT Features
Circe Films
Production Design
Estefanía Larraín
Stray Dogs
Dominga Sotomayor
Sound Design
Julia Huberman
Year of Production
Dominga Sotomayor

Dominga SOTOMAYOR (1985, Chile) finished her filmmaking studies in 2007 and started production company Cinestación. She directed several short films which received awards worldwide. Her first feature film project De jueves a domingo (2012) participated in the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence 2010 and received a Tiger Award. The short film La isla (2013), which she co-directed with Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, won a Tiger Short Award at IFFR in 2014. Sotomayor won the Silver Leopard for Best Direction with her film Tarde para morir joven (2018). Many of her films were supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund.


(selection) Cessna (2005, short), Noviembre (2007, short), Debajo/Under (2007, short), La montaña/The Mountain (2008, short), Videojuego/Videogame (2009, short), De jueves a domingo/Thursday Till Sunday (2012), La isla/The Island (2013, short, co-dir), Mar (2014), Los barcos (2016, short), Tarde para morir joven/Too Late to Die Young (2018)