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Southern District

Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia

Country:  Bolivia

Year of Production:  2009

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Synopsis

Winner of the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards (World Cinema) at Sundance Film Festival, Juan Carlos Valdivia’s retelling of the last crumbling days of Bolivian apartheid is vividly captured through the portrait of an upper class family as their lives slowly begin to turn upside down in its wake.

Nestled in the lush valley of La Paz, Bolivia, the upper-class suburb of Zona Sur has sheltered the country’s wealthy elite for many years. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled progeny and her Indigenous Aymaran butler. But all is not what it seems. As the mother fights with her oversexed son and clashes with her petulant daughter, her six-year-old son rambles the rooftops unnoticed. Decline hangs in the air, and the threat of aristocratic privileges changing hands signifies a new chapter of a prickly and ill-fated class war.

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Cast

Starring: 

Ninon del Castillo, Pascual Loayza, Nicolas Fernandez, Juan Pablo Koria, Mariana Vargas, Viviana Condori

Credits

Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia

Writer(s): 

Juan Carlos Valdivia

Producers: 

Gabriela Maire

Editor:  Ivan Layme

Cinematographer:  Paul de Lumen

Music: 

Cergo Prudencio

Production Details

Country:  Bolivia

Year of Production:  2009

Language:  Spanish

Subtitles: 

  • English

Duration:  109 minutes

Original aspect ratio:  1.85:1

Certificate: 

Genre(s): 

  • Drama

DVD Release Date:  26th January 2015

Reviews

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"a ravishing look at a bourgeois Bolivian family undergoing quiet emotional turmoil"

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"entrancing... Stylistically innovative"

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

THE LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

"A blisteringly perceptive interrogation of the class schisms in Bolivian society, shot with bold panache by Juan Carlos Valdivia"

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THE LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

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