During the summer of 1990 in Chile, a small group of families lives in an isolated community, in the aftermath of end of the dictatorship. In this time of change and reckoning, Sofía, Lucas and Clara struggle with parents, first love, and fears.
The sea is where we go to lose sight of ourselves, the city, and what we’ve left behind, a place that soon becomes one of trial: our relationships, our families, and the life we’ve left behind. The “sea” is also the name of a character in Dominga Sotomayor’s new film, one of the most promising directors of South American cinema (winner of IndieLisboa’s 2012 International Competition with “Thursday Till Sunday”).)
“Here is Lisbon” is a film directed by Denis Côté, Dominga Sotomayor, Gabriel Abrantes, and Marie Losier to celebrate Indielisboa’s tenth anniversary. Four different short-films filmed in Lisbon that celebrate the richness and values of independent filmmaking.)
A family weekend is what this road-movie proposes. What could be an intimate moment of sharing between four people is, however, stained by the acknowledgment that this is the last time they will be together. There are two worlds inside the car ‚ the back seat that accompanies with little interferences the heads in tension of the parents, and the front seat, which divided in half tries to communicate to the back only its positive side. The territory is mined and must be handled with caution. Wanna Sleep Tired, phrase sung in the film, confirms the end of the relationship like a farewell ballad. Although young, Dominga Sotomayor holds the film with mastery, revealing every detail with sweetness and emotion, creating imagens with shadows and taking advantage of lights and landscape, making us penetrate a familiar universe in which we never feel like intruders or voyeurs. (Miguel Valverde)