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Part of SFFILM Festival

The Sleepwalkers

Directed by Paula Hernández

Argentina | Fiction | 107

17 Apr
Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Roxie Theater
Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street CA 94103 United States
19 Apr
Sun, Apr 19 at 8:00 pm
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive


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

Director Paula Hernández

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).



Film Details

Language Spanish

Original Language Title Los sonámbulos

Year 2019

Runtime 107

Country Argentina/Uruguay

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