LEOPARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL 2018
Democracy comes back to Chile during the summer of 1990. In an isolated community, Sofía (16), Lucas (16) and Clara (10), face their first loves and fears, while preparing for New Year’s Eve. They may live far from the dangers of the city, but not from those of nature.
Recipient of this year’s Leopard for Best Direction in the International Competition at Locarno, Too Late to Die Young is not Dominga Sotomayor’s first feature since her debut breakthrough Thursday Till Sunday (2012), as the 58-minute Mar (2014) premiered in between. It does, however, feel like a direct continuation of that first feature’s preoccupation with the implications of parents’ life-altering decisions upon the children they take along for the ride. In Thursday Till Sunday, a road trip was the backdrop for a story of a teen discovering her parents may be separating, while Too Late to Die Young, which opens with another car journey, is concerned with multiple children being uprooted. [Josh Slater-Williams]
The primary influence seems to be Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts” (made in 1993, when this would have to be set in order for that Mazzy Star cover to make sense), with its collection of stories like the roots of a tree, its climactic natural disaster, and its Raymond Carver-style attention to domestic and natural detail gently clashing. [Scout Tafoya]
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