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Too Late to Die Young

Willard Straight Theatre
Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM (ET)

Three youths and their families face growing up and change on a
commune in the first summer (1990) of democracy’s return to Chile.

“Inspired by the 33-year-old director’s childhood in the Ecological
Community of Peñalolén—an environmentally friendly and self-sufficient
commune founded some thirty years ago atop the hills surrounding
Santiago—Too Late to Die Young is a multi-character
canvas with a 16-year-old teenager as its focal point, Sofía (a
brilliant Demian Hernández). Short-haired, pensive, and perpetually
chain-smoking, Sotomayor follows the teenager as she navigates a period
of profound changes. Away from school for the Christmas holidays and
bracing for a big New Year’s party at the commune, Sofía spends her days
running after a neighbor biker, grieving for her unrequited love over
Sinéad O’Connor’s greatest hits, unleashing her teenage angst on her
father, and fantasizing of leaving the commune with her mother-—whom she
hasn’t heard from in ages, but has promised to show up for the end of
year’s celebrations.…” (The Film Stage)

“The opening shot of Too Late to Die Young, Dominga
Sotomayor’s mysterious and absorbing new movie, is framed from inside a
car as it gradually fills up with young passengers. In time we will get
to know a few of these kids, and also some of the adults we see waving
goodbye through the vehicle’s dirt-smudged windows. It’s a simple,
unremarkable moment in a movie set to the quotidian rhythms of communal
life, but it also reveals something of Sotomayor’s methods. The tight,
deliberate framing of the image is a typical touch in a story that never
pretends to offer more than a partial view of events and is in no
particular hurry to explain itself.… even as it borrows a few beats and
riffs from the coming-of-age drama…” (LA Times)

Winner of Best Director at Locarno.

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