11/01/2019 “Nona. If They Soak Me, I’ll Burn Them” the Chilean film selected in the Tiger Competition at the Festival of Rotterdam

The International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Dutch film festival that takes place from January 23rd to February 3rd, 2019, has published the majority of the titles to participate in its next edition. Among them is the participation of the third feature film by Camila José Donoso,  Nona. If They Soak Me, I’ll Burn Them, which will form part of the prestigious selection in the “Tiger Competition”.

Founded in 1995, this competition was created with the goal of discovering, elevating the profile of, and compensating international film talent. The event is accompanied by a cash prize of 40,000 Euros, which will be shared between the director and producer of the winning film.

Just as Donoso’s films have been characterized, Nona. If They Soak Me, I’ll Burn Them is a hybrid story, a mix of reality and fiction. “Nona is the story of a woman, an apparently normal homeowner, who has never forgotten certain guerilla techniques that she learned in other times,” said Donoso in an interview with CinemaChile in 2017.

This hybrid story, Camila’s third film, is a mix of reality and fiction. Although the creator was inspired by events and people from her own life, including her eccentric grandmother, Josefina Ramírez, the film is comprised, in large part, of elements of fiction. Donoso doesn’t only portray an ambivalent and colorful character, who she clearly loves deeply as a granddaughter, but also an older generation and a complex country, still marked by the Pinochet dictatorship. The story is told in several film formats, including low-resolution video images, colorful home videos, and crystal-clear digital images, as a reflection of Nona’s multifaceted character.

In 2017, the film participated in the “Future Chilean Cinema” section at the Valdivia Film Festival, an instance whose objective is to contribute to the internationalization of Chilean cinema by introducing future national films to international film industry professionals. Organized by CinemaChile and Film Commission Chile, the event awarded a grant consisting of lodging, travel, and membership for Rotterdam Lab 2018. The producer of the film, Rocío Romero of Mimbre Producciones, was the winner.

In 2017, during the Tiger Competition, the Chilean film Rey by Niles Atallah received the Special Jury Award, and in 2012, director Dominga Sotomayor won the Tiger Award in the official competition with her first feature film “Thursday till Sunday”.

Other national films that participated this year in International Film Festival Rotterdam will be Historia de mi Nombre by Karin Cuyul and Too Late to Die Young by Dominga Sotomayor, both feature films in the space entitled Bright Future.


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