Dominga Sotomayor

Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, 2018 / 110 min / Spanish OV with English subt. (ES OV with EN subt.) / drama

A tale of youthful desire, ennui and mischief in post-Pinochet Chile.

During the hazy summer of 1990 in Chile in the aftermath of Pinochet’s dictatorship , a small group of families escape the urban excesses of the city to the isolated ecological commune of Peñalolén in the shadow of the Andes. In this time of change and reckoning, 16-year-old Sofía and Lucas, and 10-year-old Clara, neighbours in this dry land, struggle with parents, first loves and fear as they prepare for a big party on New Year’s Eve. They may live far from the dangers of the city but not from those of nature.

Set in the aftermath of the Pinochet regime in Chile, Dominga Sotomayor’s accomplished third film explores different generations adapting to new freedoms and an uncertain future.

Too Late to Die Young is a film about growing up in a period of massive changes, and for me it has to do with the nostalgia and the demystification of a period. It’s a coming of age story, of both the young characters and a society – Chile, in a country that was aching after dictatorship.” Director’s statement by Dominga Sotomayor


Mon 11/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia ES OV with EN subt. Public

Youthful desire, ennui and mischief have rarely felt so tangible.” Tim Robey, BFI London Film Festival, 2018

“Dominga Sotomayor treats us to a film which stuns in its simplicity, a film which takes seemingly banal and everyday situations and studies them with such intensity as to draw out their inner intrigue. Under the curious but unintrusive eye of the director, the film drills down into the joys and the torments of adolescence to extract its very essence: uncertainty and excitement, borne out of a period which is in and of itself elusive. […] Sensitive and daring, Too Late to Die Young avoids sensationalism, simply keeping pace with its protagonists, stepping lightly and tentatively, and hovering somewhere between past and present, male and female, internal and external.” Giorgia del Don, Cineuropa, 10/08/2018

“Sotomayor develops a masterful sense of multiple circumstances unfolding at once — the partying, the music, a clandestine makeout session and a neighborhood brawl — before merging them together in a remarkable finale that suggests the end of one major life chapter and the start of something new.” Eric Kohn, IndieWire, 12/08/2018

“With this gorgeously textured childhood memoir, Chilean filmmaker Dominga Sotomayor became the first-ever woman to win the best director prize in Locarno.” Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, 13/08/2018

  • Best Director – International Competition, Locarno International Film Festival, 2018 (Italy)
  • Best Cinematography, Gijón International Film Festival, 2018 (Spain)
  • Best Director, Gijón International Film Festival, 2018 (Spain)
Cast & Credits
Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro, Matías Oviedo, Andrés Aliaga, Antonia Zegers, Alejandro Goic, Mercedes Mujica, Eyal Meyer, Gabriel Cañas, Michael Silva
Dominga Sotomayor
Inti Briones
Julia Huberman
Estefania Larrain
Cinestación, RT Features
Ruda Cine, Circe Films
Stray Dogs

Dominga Sotomayor studied Audiovisual Directing at Universidad Católica de Chile, and received a Masters in Directing at ESCAC in Barcelona. She developed her first feature Thursday Till Sunday (2012) at the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence. The film won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam in 2012 and was screened in more than 100 festivals. In 2013 she co-directed La isla, that also won the Tiger. Two years later, she premiered her mid-length Mar (2015) at Berlinale Forum and the collective film Here in Lisbon (2015) produced by IndieLisboa. She has produced videos and photographs for visual art exhibitions, like Little Sun (Olafur Eliasson, 2012) at the Tate Modern in London. In 2009 she co-founded Cinestación, a leading production company based in Santiago de Chile where she produces Latin American auteur filmmakers. Recently, she executive produced Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo’s Los fuertes (in post-production), produced Murder me, Monster (2018), by Alejandro Fadel which premiered at Un Certain Regard in Cannes, and co-produced Neto Villalobos’s Helmet Heads (2018). She is also a co-founder of CCC, Centro de Cine y Creación, a cultural centre and arthouse cinema scheduled to open in Santiago de Chile in 2019.

  • 2018 – Tarde para morir joven
  • 2015 – Los Barcos (segment in the collective film “Aqui, em Lisboa: Episódios da Vida da Cidade”)
  • 2014 – Mar
  • 2013 – La isla (short)
  • 2012 – De jueves a domingo
  • 2008 – La montaña (short)
  • 2008 – Debajo (short)
  • 2008 – Noviembre (short)