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Tótem

Lila AVILÉS

  • Mexico, Denmark, France
  • 2023
  • 95min
  • G
  • DCP
  • color

Korean Premiere

SYNOPSIS

Seven-year-old Sol spends the day at her grandfather’s home, helping prepare a surprise party for her father. Throughout the day, chaos slowly takes over, fracturing the family’s foundations. Sol will embrace the essence of letting go as a release for existence. 

PROGRAM NOTE

Seven-year-old Sol walks into her grandfather’s house where birthday party preparations are underway for her painter father, Tona. Although Sol was excited with her mom in a public bathroom a moment ago, her pure face is rarely found in the film after that moment. Sol misses her father, who has been sick for a long time. Little Sol becomes more and more quiet and somber as she thinks of her father, who is probably somewhere in the house, unseen by his family, struggling to show up at the party and meet his daughter. Unlike Sol, the house becomes increasingly noisy and bustling. The grandfather, aunts, cousins, and uncles gather to spend a joyful day, while even a shaman visits to cure Tona’s illness. Furthermore, the film depicts a series of simultaneous appearances of extended family members and anecdotes from them. On the other hand, it illustrates a serene picture of the day through Sol’s eyes and senses. As Sol wanders the house alone, detached from the adult world, the things she sees, touches, and feels are infused with the infinite vitality of living nature. Mexican filmmaker Lila Avilés’s second feature, Tótem, was an entry in the main competition at this year’s Berlinale. [JEONG Jihye]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
111 2023-08-25 | 16:30 - 18:05 GV
318 2023-08-27 | 14:00 - 15:35 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9

Director

  • Lila AVILÉS

    Lila Avilés is a Mexican independent film director, screenwriter, and producer. She founded her company, Limerencia Films, in 2018. She received recognition through her first feature film, The Chambermaid (2018). The director was invited to more than sixty festivals worldwide, achieved many international and national awards, and received strong reception from critics. 

     

Credit

  • ProducerTatiana GRAULLERA, Louise RIOUSSE
  • Cast Naíma SENTÍES, Montserrat MARAÑON, Marisol GASÉ
  • Screenwriter Lila AVILÉS
  • Cinematographer Diego TENORIO
  • Editor Omar GUZMAN
  • Production Design Nohemi GONZALEZ MARTINEZ

CONTACT

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