Directed by Manuela Martelli | Chile | 2022 | 1h 36m | Spanish w/ English subtitles | Starring Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Sepúlveda, Hugo Medina, Alejandro Goic, Carmen Gloria Martínez

Carmen, a middle-class woman in her forties, is overseeing renovations to the family’s beach house when the local priest asks her to take care of a political dissident he is secretly sheltering. As General Pinochet tightens his dictatorial grip on society, Carmen finds her daily life governed by fear as she agrees to help the young man. Manuela Martelli’s directorial debut is a tensely fraught political thriller and unnerving portrayal of paranoia in 1970s Chile. Winner of Best Debut at the London Film Festival.


‘Entrapment, paranoia and a growing sense of political awakening are deftly embodied with intense nuance and complexity…a captivating character study filtered through the genre elements of a political thriller’
Marina Ashioti, Little White Lies

‘Nerve-jangling noir unpicks middle-class guilt of Pinochet era…thrilling feature debut from actor turned director Manuela Martelli’
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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