Moody, winding, filled with sadness, excellent,were some of the descriptions found on the New Horizons forum of the unforgettable debut by José Luis Torres Leivy - The Sky, the Earth and the Rain (8th NH). The film's plot plays out on the infamous island Chiloé, from which the director hails. His heroine is a young woman taking care of her sick mother and the story consists of a series of incomplete cinematic sentences. Instead of focusing on the main characters, the camera often abandons them and, like a dog that has caught an invisible scent, follows its own path among wet autumn leaves. Leiva returns to Chiloé - this time, in a fictionalized documentary, he sends the director and actor Ignacio Agüero looking for amateur actors for his latest film about a mésalliance that had allegedly occurred in the past. Did the young lovers really exist, and did they really make it off the island? The investigation trudges toward a resolution that is difficult to foresee as echoes of racism appear in conversations with residents of local towns. Mestizos and whites, brutality and madness… The island hides its secrets deep within.
Cartagena Film Festival 2016 - Best Documentary; Havana Film Festival 2016 - Best Film; Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba IFF 2016 - Best Film
José Luis Torres Leiva (b. 1975 in Santiago, Chile) has directed numerous award-winning shorts and documentaries, and received the distinguished Fondart State Award at age 23 for his short Los muertos. His feature debut, The Sky, the Earth and the Rain (8. NH) received the FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival and Best Film Award at BAFICI in Buenos Aires. Summer (12. NH), his sophomore feature, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2011.
1998 Los muertos (short)
2007 El tiempo que se queda / The Time that Rests (doc.)
2008 Niebo, ziemia i deszcz / El cielo, la tierra y la lluvia / The Sky, the Earth and the Rain
2010 Tres semanas después / Three Weeks Later (doc.)
2011 Lato / Verano / Summertime