“A charmingly roundabout documentary born of curiosity, patience, and no small amount of inventiveness.” —Peter Debruge, Variety
Los Reyes, the oldest skate park in Santiago, Chile, brings together teenagers from very different social and cultural backgrounds, while also acting as the home of two stray dogs living as outcasts. Chola, a young and vigorous puppy, spends her days playing with balls she throws into the repurposed pools in which skaters ride. Football, old but energetic, obsessively accompanies Chola in her game. The human world appears as stories of adolescents in transit to adulthood–we listen to their voices and see fragments of their bodies as part of the dog’s environment. As Football grows old and Chola is left alone, the human stories confront the viewer with the rawness of a youth that does not find a place in our society.
Winner of the Special Jury Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival. 2018, Chile/Germany, DCP, in Spanish with English subtitles, 77 minutes. Recommended for 16+.