Thursday Till Sunday (De Jueves A Domingo)
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A film by Dominga Sotomayor. Chile, “De Jueves A Domingo,” 2012, 94 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles.
For classroom use in: Adolescence, Cinema Studies, Family Relations, Latin American History, Women’s Studies
About the Film
It all begins one ordinary Thursday: Lucía, age 10, and Manuel, age 7, take a road trip with their parents to northern Chile. Yet unbeknownst to the children, their parents, Ana and Fernando, have decided to end their marriage. The desolation of the passing landscape and their close quarters in the car heighten their longing–the children for the beach; Fernando for land his father has left him; and Ana for a place where things are happy again. Thursday Till Sunday reflects each of their perspectives on this last family trip; by Sunday, it will all be over.
Thursday Till Sunday comes out of the memories of family trips–many hours of traveling, the weariness and the children’s games–all those things that are only thought and occur under confinement. Children have natural fears that they eventually learn to forget, and a straight-forward take on things. This has to do with an unconditional approach to love and a certain resigned sadness. In the film, there is something hidden under the inertia, a crisis revealed by fragments. I wanted to detach the story from the burden of its ostensible subject–the separation of the parents–and focus instead on the singularity of this weekend.
About the Filmmaker
Director Dominga Sotomayor was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985. In 2007, she founded her production company, CINESTACION. She directed several award-winning short films including Cessna (2005), November (2007), Below (2007), The Mountain (2008) and Videogame (2009). Thursday Till Sunday is her first feature film.
In the Press
“The contained atmosphere of a weekend family car trip becomes a site for subtle tensions [Thursday Till Sunday, a film that] conveys more substance with a seemingly casual glance than most action-packed vehicles. …It is a film of little gestures and brief looks, caught almost as if by chance by Barbara Alvarez’s perspicacious camera, and it’s the accumulation of small incidents that give Thursday its power. [In] Sotomayor’s talented hands, childhood is captured in all its conflicting moods, with an uneven combination of impatience, excitement, insecurity, freedom and dependence.”—Jay Weissberg, Variety
“Gripping! Sotomayor handles the proceedings of her debut with quiet panache; the way she delves into filial dynamics is as evocative as it is understated. Nearly every shot is expertly (and strikingly) framed by cinematographer Barbara Álvarez… Much of the film takes place inside the car, yet objects move in and out of the frame with such simultaneous grace and naturalism that it’s difficult to imagine them being shot in any other way. [With] the deceptive simplicity of its plot comes intimacy, understated drama and even unsettling allusions to regional folklore.”—Michael Nordine, L.A. Weekly
“Chile’s striking imagery is a brooding, powerful presence in its films, and perhaps no other film summed this up more in 2013 than Dominga Sotomayor’s Thursday till Sunday, winner of the national prize at the 2012 Valdivia Film Festival… Held together through an excellent central performance from Santi Ahumada [as] Lucia, all too aware of her parents’ crisis, the film is a simply-constructed but pointedly-told account of decent people drifting apart.”—Nick MacWilliam, Sounds and Colours
Festivals & Awards
Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands
Best Film, Valdivia International Film Festival, Chile
Best Film, Festival Cines Sur Granada, Spain
Grand Prize, New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland
Grand Prize, Indie Lisboa International Film Festival, Portugal
Best Cinematography, Transylvania Film Festival, Romania
Audience Award, Trokovskyfest, Russia
Young Jury Award, Opendoek Film Festival, Belgium
Honorable Mention, Los Angeles Film Festival, USA
Special Mention, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Argentina
Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival, United Kingdom
Official Selection, LatinBeat, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA
Official Selection, Viennale International Film Festival, Austria
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