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Directed by Lila Avilés
Mexico, Denmark, France
95 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Over the space of one day, the secrets, troubles and surprises of a Mexican family are viewed through the eyes of seven-year-old in this inventive and elegant film that has won multiple awards at festivals around the world.
Sol is carefully helping prepare for a surprise birthday party for her father at her grandfather’s house. But something more is afoot, and she’s starting the put the pieces together. As daylight fades and guests arrive – so too does that chaos, revelations and humour that only comes when family get together. Director Lila Avilés (award winner for her debut The Chambermaid) delivers a moving tribute to cherishing life and letting go what you can’t control, this deftly crafted film with linger long after the credits roll.
Tótem embraces chaos and bustle in an ensemble drama of a family living through crisis. This thematically rich piece offers a set of vivid character studies, while musing on life, death, and time – largely from a child’s perspective.
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Sun 25 Feb
Alice Springs Cinema
Past Event Cancel
Unclassified 15+
Mexico, Denmark, France
In Spanish with English Subtitles
Lila Avilés
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