Los Reyes

  • Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff
  • Chile, Germany
  • 2018
  • 78 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Space

Los Reyes is the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago. But in its literal sense, “the kings” in the title of this film can equally refer to Chola and Football, the two stray dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers. The energetic female Chola loves to play with the balls she finds lying around. She positions them at the edge of the bowls where the skaters show off their tricks, and tries to catch them just before they fall down. The older dog, Football, looks on impatiently and barks at Chola until she finally drops the ball.

The teenagers around them come from very different, sometimes troubled backgrounds. They each have their own story, which they recount to us in voice-over. But in this almost fairy-tale-like film, the phenomenal, dreamlike camerawork centers almost entirely on the subtle interaction between the two dogs, as they play with a ball, a stick, a stone and each other.

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    Credits

    • 78 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Spanish
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff
    Production
    Maite Alberdi / Perut + Osnovikoff Ltda.
    Co-production
    Dirk Manthey Film
    Cinematography
    Pablo Valdés
    Editing
    Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff

    IDFA history

    2018
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
    Space
    2016
    Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production

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