Archive of films Kingdoms / Reinos
2017, 79 min
Section: Another View
A romance without romanticism. Alejandro is in his first year at university; Sofia is finishing her dissertation. With a cool, detached realism and sense for detail, Kingdoms exposes the anatomy of a university love affair. Besides the romantic storyline, which does not shy away from explicit erotic scenes, the film also engages in a subtle generational study.
Alejandro is in his first year at university; Sofia is finishing her dissertation. They are basically quite ordinary individuals, but under director Lira’s guidance, the actors give natural performances that turn them into true-to-life characters – unique representatives of their kind. The story, told with raw openness, excellent observational skills, and a cool, detached realism, exposes the anatomy of a relationship between young college kids. How long will they last if it’s only about sex? Will their passions fade away, or will they discover new, perhaps darker emotions? Besides the romantic storyline, which does not shy away from explicit erotic scenes, the film also engages in a subtle social observation of various types of students, members of a generation without any specific plans or great prospects, alienated from the preceding generation. Kingdoms had its world premiere in international competition at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.
About the director
Pelayo Lira (b. 1988, Santiago de Chile) is a director and screenwriter. After attending university in Chile, he studied screenwriting at EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. In 2012 and 2013 he attended a creative writing seminar at the Universidad de Chile, and in 2013 he led a course in stage communication at the Universidad Andrés Bello. Before creating his feature debut Kingdoms he shot several short films, including El asombro (screened in the Talento Nacional section of the 5th Santiago International Film Festival – SANFIC) and Pasto Seco (shown at the Valdivia IFF). His short film La visita del cangrejo won the national competition at SANFIC 2012, competed at BioBioCine and FECID, and was screened at the Cartagena IFF. He also worked as assistant director on several major Chilean movie projects, including Plants (Las plantas), which was a hit at the 66th Berlinale.
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About the film
|Screenplay:||Romina Reyes, Pelayo Lira podle stejnnojmenného románu / based on the novel of the same name by Romina Reyes|
|Dir. of Photography:||Patricio Alfaro|
|Art Director:||Ignacio Ruiz|
|Producer:||Diego Pino Anguita|
|Cast:||Diego Boggioni, Daniela Castillo|
Diego Ignacio Pino Anguita