Part of SFFILM Festival
Holiday tensions rise to a boil for the Argentinean family at the center of Paula Hernández’s masterfully controlled film. At a country house, an extended clan gathers to celebrate the New Year. The focus is on Luisa, who’s facing a troubled marriage, and her daughter, Ana, whose adolescent struggles include worrisome bouts of somnambulism. The return of a volatile cousin, coupled with sexual frustrations simmering around the house amid the palpable summer heat, lead to a series of crises that unfurl in increasingly dramatic fashion.
“[A] deliciously observed, tightly focused drama about a family falling apart over a New Year’s vacation. Scripted and shot with an open-eyed attention to psychological detail that belies its title, simmering throughout with tension, Hernández’s fifth feature works on a small canvas, refreshingly making no claims to be anything more than a study of the dynamics at work within one particular family.” –Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
The Sleepwalkers is Buenos Aires, Argentina, native Paula Hernández’s fifth feature. Her other films include Historia Breves 1 (1996), Inheritance (2001), Rain (2008), and Un amor (2011). She has also directed shorts and a feature documentary, Familia Lugones (2007).
Original Language Title Los sonámbulos
Director Paula Hernández
Producer Juan Pablo Miller, Paula Hernández
Writer Paula Hernández
Editor Rosario Suárez
Cinematographer Iván Gierasinchuk
Music Pedro Onetto
Cast Érica Rivas, Ornella D’elía, Marilú Marini