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By Carmen Castillo


The illness of my father, an urban planning architect who embodies ethics in my country, brings me back home for my first long stay since I went into exile 29 years ago. The immersion in my childhood home, La Quinta,
brings its share of conflict. But then a "chance" encounter gets me moving again.
Possibly urged on by the memory of the wound, I return to the house on Santa Fe Street. Scene of the death in the struggle, on October 5, 1974, of Miguel Enriquez, leader of the MIR, my partner. Between one visit and the next, Santa Fe Street comes to life with its memories of the defeated, of other militant women, "all these useless deaths". Without realizing it, the quest for the meaning of engagement transforms me. Another country emerges: human landscapes that tell the story of how the beauty of political commitment is handed down over three generations.
La Quinta closes up, without nostalgia, but the "resuscitation" of the house on Santa Fe Street is enough to mark the soil of Chile with the presence of the absent.

A coproduction Les Films d'IciLes Films de la Passerelle, Parox, L'institut National de l'Audiovisuel - INA, Love Streams agnès b.production, with the participation of Centre National de la Cinématographie, Le Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et des Télédistributeurs wallons, Gobierno de Chile Consejo Nacional de la cultura y las Artes Fondo de Fomento Audiovisual de Chile with the support of Eurimages

Technical sheet
Year: 2007
Duration: 165'
Language: French
Direction Carmen Castillo
Cinematography: Ned Burgess & Raphaël O'Byrne
Sound: Jean-Jacques Quinet & Damien Defays
Editing: Eva Feigeles-Aimé
Christine Pireaux - Les Films de la Passerelle
Festival selections (4)
Cannes Film Festival - Un Certain Regard 2007
Festival d'Automne de Gardanne
CineHorizontes Film Festival Marseille
Copenhagen Film Festival
Awards (3)

★ Audience Award - Festival d'Automne de Gardanne

★ Audience Award - Festival CineHorizontes de Marseille

★ Grand Prix - Copenhagen Film Festival

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