The Summer of Flying Fish

The Summer of Flying Fish  {El verano de los peces voladores}
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The Summer of Flying Fish
El verano de los peces voladores
Chile, 2013, 87 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
US Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Drama, Latino, Romantic Comedy
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles


Teenager Manena serves as the innocent voice of reason in the story of her father, Don Francisco, and his determination to eradicate the carp from a lake in southern Chile where he has a vacation home.

Francisco and his buddies are quick to rationalize away the grievances of the local indigenous population, the Mapuche, but in a series of powerful, understated images we see the destruction being wreaked upon the land by the white settlers. Meanwhile Manena experiences the pangs of young romance, learning further lessons about the ways of men.

Director Marcela Said, already an accomplished documentarian, won a berth in the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes for this, her first narrative feature. With bold, wide-angle compositions she eloquently conveys the relationship of her characters to the land. Her restrained script, co-written with Julio Rojas, conveys in subtext the subtleties of modern economic colonialism and the complicated relationship between the Mapuche and the wealthy white landowners – then builds to a chilling finale.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Marcela Said
Producer: Bruno Bettati, Tom Dercourt, Sophie Erbs
Editor: Jean de Certeau
Screenwriter: Marcela Said, Julio Rojas
Cinematographer: Inti Briones
Music: Alexander Zekke
Principal Cast: Francisca Walker, Gregory Cohen, Maria Izquierdo, Roberto Cayuqueo
Filmography: Debut Narrative Feature
Documentaries: The Young Butler (2011)
Opus Dei (2006)
I Love Pinochet (2001)
Valparaiso (1999)
Print Source: Alpha Violet

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