Costa Rica

Paz Fabrega – Agua fria de mar (2010)

One New Year’s holiday, Rodrigo (30) and Mariana (20) drive to the remote south Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Arriving late at night, they find Karina (7), who tells them she ran away from home because her uncle touches her. They decide to stay the night and try to find help in the morning. But by dawn, the girl is gone.
The couple check into a hotel, and Mariana can’t stop wondering what happened to the girl. Rodrigo is away most of the day. She can’t do anything but wait, and in her loneliness, she becomes more and more restless and distressed. Karina goes back to her parents’ campsite on the beach, one amongst the dozens of families on holiday that have invaded the otherwise completely wild national park. Her mother grounds her for running away, and for the first time in her life, her father fails to defend her. Read More »

Sofia Quiros – Ceniza Negra (2019)

Selva (13) lives in a coastal town in the Caribbean. After the sudden disappearance of her only motherly figure, she is left to take care of her grandfather who doesn’t want to live. Between shadows and wild games, she must decide if she will help her grandfather die, even though that means going through her last moments of childhood alone.

1 win & 10 nominations. Read More »

Antonella Sudasassi – El despertar de las hormigas AKA The Awakening of the Ants (2019)

Isa has more than enough on her plate with two children and the household, which she manages on her own. When her husband persists with his wish for a third child, she realizes that something must change. Read More »

Miguel Alejandro Gomez – El Sanatorio (2010)


Two young filmmakers decide to make a documentary on the old hospital building just outside of town, a former asylum that has been plagued by rumours of hauntings, exorcisms and strange occurrences for years. They assemble a team that includes a medium, a researcher and experts in audio and video to document an entire weekend at the site. Read More »