Archive of films Gloria / Gloria

Chile / Spain
2013, 104 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2013

Gloria is a 58-year-old divorcee who has no intention of giving up on life; instead she chooses to look for love in dance halls on singles’ nights. With enormous humanity, humour and understanding, the director follows one individual’s struggle to find fulfilment in life and shows that the desire for love and appreciation never wanes. The actress playing Gloria, Paulina García, won Best Actress at this year’s Berlinale.


Gloria is a 58-year-old woman who still feels young and has no intention of giving up on life. Divorced with grown-up children, she looks for love in dance halls on singles’ nights. One day she meets Rodolfo and an intense romance begins. Gloria puts everything she has into it because she feels this could be her last romance. Walking the thin line between hope and disappointment, she confronts life with a proud heart even though she is several times brought to her knees. In the final stretch she triumphs, demonstrating greater strength than even she anticipated. This film about feelings and emotions is told subjectively from Gloria’s point of view. The camera follows her every step and there isn’t a single shot in the film in which she doesn’t feature. With enormous humanity, humour and understanding, the director tracks one person’s unremitting struggle for a fulfilling and worthwhile life, and shows that a longing for love and appreciation is present at every age. He found an outstanding actress to fill the main role, Paulina García, whose performance won her the Best Actress Award at this year’s Berlinale.

About the director

Sebastián Lelio (b. 1974, Chile) is one of Latin America’s most talented directors. His films are screened to acclaim at international festivals. He graduated from Escuela de Cine de Chile film school. His feature film debut The Sacred Family (La Sagrada Familia) screened in 2006 at the San Sebastián IFF, followed in 2009 by Christmas (Navidad), shown in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. His third feature, The Year of the Tiger (El año del tigre), competed at the 2011 Locarno IFF. His latest feature Gloria won the Cine en Construcción Award at last year’s San Sebastián IFF and also competed at this year’s Berlinale.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Dir. of Photography: Benjamin Enchazarreta
Editor: Soledad Salfate, Sebastián Lelio
Producer: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Sebastián Lelio, Gonzalo Maza
Production: Fabula
Cast: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Marcial Tagle
Contact: Funny Balloons

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