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SFFILM Festival

GGA Mid-Length Award Winner: The Time of the Fireflies

Directed by Matteo Robert Morales, Mattis Appelqvist Dalton

1 May
Sun, May 1, 2022 at 2:00 pm PT


Clocking in between 31 and 59 minutes long, these films may be slimmed down in length but pack a wallop in storytelling. Join us for an encore presentation of the GGA Mid-Length Award Winner.

At 16, Miguel left Mexico to start a new life in New York City. Thirteen years later, his mother sends photos from home, leading him to reflect on his past, present, and future. Honest about where his journey has taken him, Miguel candidly shares his struggles and relates his longing for who and what he left behind. A strong visual flair complements and echoes Miguel’s state of mind in this moving tale of resilience and determination.

Screens with Busan, 1999, and Fanmi.

Director Mattis Appelqvist Dalton

Danish filmmaker Mattis Appelqvist Dalton is also musician and composer, a jazz double bassist who was classically trained at the Conservatoire National de Musicque et Dance in his native Aurillac, France. He furthered his studies at the Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2020, he received his ScB in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music from Brown University, writing his thesis on “Aberrations in time:  The effects of music-elicited emotions on time perception in film.” The Time of the Fireflies is his feature debut.

Director Matteo Robert Morales

Mexico native Matteo Robert Morales studied filmmaking at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida and at Brussels’ Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion (INSAS), where he concentrated on cinematography. He is also a photographer and has worked as a camera assistant and director of photography. He was the puppet video technician on Leos Carax’s Annette (2021). He makes his writing/directing debut with The Time of the Fireflies.



Film Details

Language Spanish, English

Original Language Title El tiempo de las luciérnagas

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 52

Country Mexico, USA, Belgium

Director Matteo Robert Morales, Mattis Appelqvist Dalton

Executive Producer Julia Granillo Tostado, Nikos Appelqvist Dalton

Producer Matteo Robert Morales, Mattis Appelqvist Dalton

Editor Maxime Jouret

Cinematographer Matteo Robert Morales

Music Mattis Appelqvist Dalton

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.