As Chilean filmmakers garner greater international acclaim, (such as Oscar winner Sebastián Lelio and nominee Pablo Larraín), up-and-comer Dominga Sotomayor is proof that the Chilean film boom shows no sign of stopping. The second feature film from the 33-year-old director, “Too Late to Die Young” (“Tarde Para Morir Joven”) has earned comparisons to the work of Lucrecia Martel and “Call Me by Your Name.” It also earned Sotomayor the coveted Best Direction Award from the Locarno Film Festival earlier this year, making her the first woman in the festival’s history to take home the Leopard for directing.
In the festival’s statement awarding the film, the jury wrote that Sotomayor “achieved something that most filmmakers struggle to gain throughout their career: an impressive balance between reality of storytelling and inner capture of psychologies and sensibilities.” In his B+ review of the film, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called it “a stunning assemblage of small moments.”
Set during the summer of 1990 in Chile, just after the fall of General Augusto Pinochet, “Too Late to Die Young” follows three teenagers living in a rural community just below the Andes. As they adjust to this emerging freedom following a dictatorship, they struggle with parents, first loves, and the social structures surrounding them.
“Too Late to Die Young” was recently picked up by Brooklyn-based distributor KimStim, which plans a North America release early next year following the film’s TIFF and New York Film Festival debuts.
Check out IndieWire’s exclusive trailer for “Too Late to Die Young” below.