By the Fire

By the Fire  {Sentados frente al fuego}
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By the Fire
Sentados frente al fuego
Chile, 2011, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany, Spain
North American Premiere
Topics: Drama, Latino, Romance
Program: World Cinema
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Daniel and Alejandra, a Chilean working-class couple approaching 40, decide to buy a piece of land and move out to the country. But their hopes and dreams hang in the balance as Alejandra faces illness and Daniel must come to terms with the harsh realities of physical labor on the land. Alternately sweet and gritty, and unfolding over the course of a year, this is the story of a couple willing to fight all manner of adversities to make their dream of a new life together a reality. Director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, whose previous film Huacho premiered at the Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2009, brings his story to life with sensitivity and elegance. With cinematographer Inti Briones, he has developed a uniquely restrained and effective visual style that perfectly captures the texture of everyday life in this corner of the world. His scenes unfold against the stunning scenery of the Chilean countryside with an unhurried, near-documentary intimacy, as leads Daniel Muñoz and Alejandra Yanez turn in wonderfully natural performances.

Director Alejandro Fernandéz Almendras is expected to attend both 1/6 and 1/8 screenings.

DIRECTOR: Alejandro Fernandéz Almendras
Producer: Christoph Friedel
Editor: Jeronimo Rodriguez, Alejandro Fernandéz Almendras
Screenwriter: Alejandro Fernandéz Almendras
Cinematographer: Inti Briones
Music: George Gurdjeff, Los Jalvas
Principal Cast: Daniel Muñoz, Alejandra Yañez, Daniel Candia, Thichi Lobos
Filmography: Huacho (2009)
Print Source: El Remanso Cine - www.elremansocine.com

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