The Summer of Flying Fish (El verano de los peces voladores)
Chile. Dir. Marcela Said. 2013, 95 mins. U.S. premiere. DCP from Outsider Pictures. With Francisca Walker, Gregory Cohen, María Izquierdo. Chilean documentarian Marcela Said’s debut feature situates a tender, bittersweet coming-of-age story in the expansive terrains of southern Chile near Patagonia, creating an indelible atmospheric reverie, and offering a profound contemplation of the deeply rooted political and historical tensions that threaten the picturesque beauty of these landscapes. As bright-eyed teenager Manena vacations with her family in their summer lake house, she meets new friends, finds her first love, and embarks on a journey of discovery. Amidst the majestic, mist-shrouded foliage of these primeval forests, there is a sense of impending irrevocable loss, as she bears witness to the predicament of the indigenous Mapuche locals—to whom this land once belonged, and who must now work for her father and his wealthy landowner friends to sustain their living. The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival as part of the Director’s Fortnight.
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