World Premiere

Longing Souls

Local title
Hing tahab lennata
Original title
El Alma Quiere Volar
Director
Diana Montenegro
Country
Colombia, Brazil
Year
2020
Festival
24th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION
Genre
/mängufilm/

During school holidays at her grandma’s house, Camila (10) discovers that the women of her family are cursed and they don’t even care about what really worries her: her parents’ violent relationship. Taking an important topic as a reference, Montenegro used it as a starting point for describing a matriarchal saga, a feminine universe escalated on different generations that will enlight us with their stories, rituals and daily endearing activities.

The house as a microcosm draws an aura composed of the landscape of the bodies, the rituals and prophecies, smooth camera moves and musical notes bringing us from Isabel Allende touch and Federico García Lorca traces, to Lucrecia Martel sharpness. With just one film, this debutant director already puts her name aside referencial filmmakers such as Dominga Sotomayor or Milagros Mumenthaler.

We discover this world through the eyes of the young Camila, a debutant that leads a cast consisting of ‘naturals’ and professional actresses who make the film escape severity with humouristic breathes in an apparently claustrophobic environment. With a richer palette than expected from a film set in a house, "Longing Souls" is a delicate and intimate portrait of femininity, complex, rich and full of hints lead by the performances of enchanting (and cursed) women that will bewitch you from the first image.

Javier Garcia Puerto

Director
Diana Montenegro
Screenwriter
Diana Montenegro
Cast
Laura Castro Artúz, María Fernanda Puyo, Lilia Córdoba, Luis Merino, Sissy Garcés
Producer
Diana Montenegro
DoP
Andrés Morales
Editor
Iván Wild
Runtime
Language
Spanish

Screenings

Hall 7 Coca-Cola Plaza Tallinn
Screening010501 / Hing tahab lennata
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall Electric Cinema Tartu
Screening012202 / Hing tahab lennata
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Virtual hall Online Estonia
Screening015006 / Hing tahab lennata
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 4 Apollo Kino Solaris Tallinn
Screening041303 / Hing tahab lennata
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Trailer
Q&A with the filmmaker