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Category: Edition 2020

A woman, Luisa, and her 14 year-old daughter, a sleepwalker in the teenage awakening. A marriage at the edge of a silenced crisis. A ritualistic and endogamic family: grandmother, siblings, and cousins. Summer, sweat, alcohol. Naked bodies, bodies in transition and their gazes upon those new bodies. A New Year’s celebration in the family’s ancestral country home is the necessary trap to awaken the sleepwalkers.

Category Official Competition
Section Generator +18
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 107'
Production Year 2019
Nationality Argentina, Uruguay
Directed by Paula Hernández
Screenplay Paula Hernández
Director of photography Iván Gierasinchuk
Editor Rosario Suárez
Production Design Aili Chen
Costume Design Monica Toschi
Sound Martín Grignaschi
Music Pedro Onetto
Main cast Érica Rivas
Ornella D’Elía
Marilú Marini
Luis Ziembrowski
Daniel Hendler
Valeria Lois
Produced by Juan Pablo Miller, Paula Hernández

regista Paula HernándezPAULA HERNÁNDEZ
Paula was born in Argentina in 1969. writer and director she directed the short films: ROJO (1992), KILOMETRO 22 (1996), MALASANGRE (2010) short part of “25 años Bicentenario”, TRES VIRGINIAS (2013), DOCE CLAVOS (2018); the documentary FAMILIA LUGONES (2007). For television she directed chapter 7 of the Tv series VIENTOS DE AGUA (2005), created by Juan Jose Campanella and EVA (2003) short part of “Women in Red” JWT, Telefe Channel. In 2001 she directed her first feature film HERENCIA (INHERITANCE), followed by LLUVIA (RAIN, 2008) and UN AMOR (2011), all of them selected and awarded in national and international festivals.

Director's statement
"THE SLEEPWALKERS isn’t the nightmare from which one cannot wake up, but is rather the nightmare of waking up. During those days of being “hemmed in by the open air”, Luisa finds herself submerged in an existential rediscovery as a result of various situations that befall her family, especially with respect to the development of her daughter, Ana, and the unsettling commencement of adolescence. Growing, transforming, finding the right distance, living without certainty and losing oneself in the relationship with one’s children. Treading the path of silence, surviving among toxic relationships and finally confronting after a painful and irreversible act, despite her maternal instinct having given warning signals beforehand. THE SLEEPWALKERS has a family context but revolves around the points of view of Luisa and Ana, in this way establishing its aesthetic reasoning: it is from these two women, subsumed and impeded by this family - their family - of sleepwalkers (in the broader meaning of the word), that we immerse ourselves in the family quandaries. THE SLEEPWALKERS reflects on those relationships plagued by misunderstandings among those who converse, or by attempts to stabilize what can be seen to be disintegrating, in a myriad of obscurities of adulthood that permeate the sensitivity and vitality of the youngest. This film was born from an intimate and profound examination of bonds. It is in those deep waters, in that pathology known as the family, that this film navigates".


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international distribution
festival contact
Meikincine Entertainment