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The Year of the Tiger
El año del tigre
dir. Sebastián Lelio / Chile 2011 / 82’
subtitles: Polish and English


Luis Dubó, Sergio Hernández, Viviana Herrera

Film description

Central Chile and its people were transformed in an instant when a devastating earthquake hit the region on 27 February 2010. As the cataclysmic event strikes, Manuel unexpectedly finds an opportunity to escape from prison and sets out to find his family and friends. He wanders a ravaged and deadened landscape through an unrecognizable country. When he comes across a caged tiger mysteriously washed up on shore, he decides to free the beast.

The director’s free-hand camera work and sparse dosage of ambient music give a feeling of authenticity to the protagonist’s tribulations. In his third feature film, Sebastián Lelio (whose The Holy Family triumphed at the 6th NH) examines the ills of his homeland with a brutal honesty.

Prepared by: Sławomir Wasiński

Information about director

Sebastián Lelio

Director Sebastián Lelio was born in Santiago de Chile in 1974. He completed his film studies at the Escuela de Cine de Chile. He made his first short film 4 in 1995 and completed his feature debut a decade later – The Holy Family was chosen as the audience favorite at the 6th New Horizons. Calmly paced plotlines and frequent close-ups leave a strong mark on his work, including his latest, The Year of the Tiger, which was nominated for a Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2011.

Selected filmography

1995 4 (short)

2003 Carga Vital (short)

2005 Święta rodzina / La sagrada familia / The Sacred Family

2009 Navidad / Christmas

2011 Rok tygrysa / El año del tigre / The Year of the Tiger

Prepared by: Sławomir Wasiński


director: Sebastián Lelio
screenplay: Gonzalo Maza
cinematography: Miguel Ioan Littin
editing: Sebastián Sepúlveda, Sebastián Lelio
music: Cristóbal Carvajal
cast: Luis Dubó, Sergio Hernández, Viviana Herrera
producer: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Gonzalo Maza
production: Fabula
sales: Funny Balloons
language: Spanish
colouration: colour
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