The Sacred Family | La Sagrada Familia

March 27, 2018 - 8 pm @ IL Kino.

La Sagrada Familia (The Sacred Family), takes place in the beach house of a Chilean family during the Easter holidays. It follows their dynamics and tensions: the father – a charismatic and successful architect, his son Marco – a student of architecture who he has a competitive and disturbed relationship with, and his wife – an unbalanced woman who tries to pacify them. They are awaiting the arrival of Sofía, Marco’s first official girlfriend, a young and charming rebel who will invade the house with her erotic, emotional and perturbing energy. It won’t take long for the precarious balances amid the characters to fall apart: after the Sunday of resurrection, nobody will be the same.

La Sagrada Familia was filmed and set over three days, Good Friday through Easter Sunday, and edited over a period of almost one year. Lelio’s raw, largely improvised work uses a dizzying visual style. Its shaky, fast-moving, hand-held camerawork (and heavy use of close-ups) reveals a dysfunctional bourgeois family/society. Their contradictions, generational conflicts and competition, the quest for freedom/transgression and inability to overcome the sense of oppression.

The film premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival was screened in several festivals and received a number of national and international awards.

Cast & Crew

Cast: Néstor Cantillana, Patricia López, Sergio Hernández, Coca Guazzini
Scriptwriter: Sebstián Lelio
Director of photography: Gabriel Diaz
Editor: Sebastían Lelio
Producers: Antonino Bellestrazzi, Ursula Budnik, Cristián Jiménez

Festivals & Awards

– Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
– Transilvania International Film Festival
– Toulouse Latin America Film Festival
– Geneva International Film Festival – Tous Écrans
– Lima Latin American Film Festival
– Austin International Film Festival of the Americas

Director Sebastián Lelio
Country Chile
Year 2005
Length 99 min
Language Spanish with English subtitles

About the director

Lelio is a Chilean film director and screenwriter. His first feature film, La Sagrada Familia (2006) premiered at San Sebastian Film Festival and received several awards and worldwide recognition. Navidad was written with the support of the Cannes Film Festival Residence and premiered in 2009 Directors’ Fortnight. El Año del Tigre was presented at the Locarno 2011 Film Festival. SebastianLelio was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship grant and received the support of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. His fourth feature film, the internationally acclaimed Gloria, obtained a Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlinale 2013. Gloria represented Chile for the Academy Awards and Goya Awards. The National Board of Review chose it as one of the year’s five best films and it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film.  His fifth feature film, Una Mujer Fantástica, was supported by Berlinale’s Residency. The film is co-produced by Fabula (Chile), Participant Media (USA), Komplizen Film (Germany), Muchas Gracias (Chile) and Setembro Cine (Spain). Una Mujer Fantástica received a Silver Bear for Best Script and the Teddy Award for Best Picture in the latest edition of Berlin film festival, 2017. Sebastian Lelio has been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is currently working on his first English-speaking feature film, Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola. Lelio’s latest and acclaimed film, Una Mujer Fantastica, has recently won the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 90th Academy Awards!