Chile, 2017
English & Spanish with English subtitles | 94 min 
Director: Marcela Said

Sunday, September 2nd 
6:30pm @ SFU Woodward’s | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Cool and understated on the surface, this is in fact a deeply disturbing film—a riff on perversion and politics that will shake up your notions of justice. Mariana (Antonia Zegers) is the spoiled scion of a logging magnate; rich, petulant and entitled, she’s nonetheless a fascinating protagonist. When she discovers that her riding coach Juan (Alfredo Castro) is accused of committing brutal acts during Chile’s dark past, she has a puzzling response. Does she want him to rot in jail or take her in his arms? She doesn’t quite know…

Chile’s legacy of injustice looms large over the film, and the sadomasochistic intrigue is all the more chilling for its connection to past outrages. Dark, upsetting and erotic, this is a romance unlike any you’ve seen. -VIFF

Slow and chilling though it is, Said’s precise filmmaking, from George Lechaptois’ smooth, matte-finish photography to Grégoire Auger’s synthily Hitchcockian score, as well as the ice-sculpture performances from Zegers and Castro, rivet the attention nonetheless. –Jessica Kiang, Variety

Horizontes Latinos Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017

Mariana, una mujer cuarentona, es miembro de la clase alta chilena, y nunca se ha cuestionado sus privilegio. Menospreciada por su padre y descuidada por su esposo, Mariana tiene los medios para ocupar sus días con tratamientos de fertilidad, una galería de arte, y aprender a montar a caballo. Su instructor de equitación, Juan, veinte años mayor que ella y antiguo oficial de caballería conocido como “El Coronel”, está siendo investigado por crímenes de derechos humanos cometidos durante la dictadura, décadas atrás. Cuando Mariana inicia un amorío con su enigmático instructor, siente indignación por la dictadura por primera vez, y su creciente interés por ello amenaza con destruir las paredes invisibles que protegen a su familia del pasado.

Filmography: Los Perros (2017), The Summer of Flying Fish (2013)

Marcela Said Cares was born in 1972 in Santiago, Chile. In 2013, her first feature-film The Summer of Flying Fish was premiered at the Director’s Fortnight. In 2014, she is a resident director at the Cinéfondation, and at the Sundance Screenwriter Lab, wrote her second feature-film, Los Perros.