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Grade Level: Coll-Adult
Producer: Magic Lantern Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 94 mins
Country of Origin: Chile
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

It all begins one ordinary Thursday: Lucía, age 10, and Manuel, age 7, take a road trip with their parents to northern Chile.
 
Yet unbeknownst to the children, their parents, Ana and Fernando, have decided to end their marriage.
 
The desolation of the passing landscape and their close quarters in the car heighten their longing–the children for the beach; Fernando for land his father has left him; and Ana for a place where things are happy again.
 
Thursday Till Sunday reflects each of their perspectives on this last family trip; by Sunday, it will all be over.

“The contained atmosphere of a weekend family car trip becomes a site for subtle tensions [Thursday Till Sunday, a film that] conveys more substance with a seemingly casual glance than most action-packed vehicles. …It is a film of little gestures and brief looks, caught almost as if by chance by Barbara Alvarez’s perspicacious camera, and it’s the accumulation of small incidents that give Thursday its power. [In] Sotomayor’s talented hands, childhood is captured in all its conflicting moods, with an uneven combination of impatience, excitement, insecurity, freedom and dependence.” 
- Jay Weissberg, Variety

In Spanish with English sub-titles.


Awards:

Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Netherlands
Best Film, Valdivia International Film Festival, Chile
Best Film, Festival Cines Sur Granada, Spain
Grand Prize, New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland
Grand Prize, Indie Lisboa International Film Festival, Portugal
Best Cinematography, Transylvania Film Festival, Romania
Audience Award, Trokovskyfest, Russia
Young Jury Award, Opendoek Film Festival, Belgium
Honorable Mention, Los Angeles Film Festival, USA
Special Mention, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Argentina

Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival, United Kingdom
Official Selection, LatinBeat, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA
Official Selection, Viennale International Film Festival, Austria


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