festival program / Knight Marimbas Award

Sleepwalkers, The


Argentinian director Paula Hernandez has built a distinguished career – through films like Herencia, Lluvia, and Un Amor -- telling stories in which characters from different worlds are brought together. In her latest film The Sleepwalkers the characters are from three generations of the same family, and the aftermath of their holiday encounter is bracing and unforgettable.

Luisa, her husband Emilio, and their 14-year-old daughter Ana, are spending their New Year holiday visiting Emilio's mother Meme at her country house, joined by Emilio's brother and his family as well. Over the course of what was hoped to be a peaceful, summertime family vacation, multiple tensions – ranging from career worries to troubled adolescence, a possible selling of the house to myriad family problems – will gradually simmer into an explosion. Luisa and Ana in particular will face an awakening in the midst of a silent family crisis.

Featuring a skilled and brilliant Argentinian cast, including Erika Rivas (Wild Tales) and Luis Ziembrowski (One Love), who bring the requisite nuance and humanity to Hernandez' rich script, The Sleepwalkers is an indelible portrait of a family in crisis.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by FlixLatino and ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity.

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Director Bio

Paula Hernandez is a film director and writer born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied at famed Universidad del Cine. She has directed four feature films: Herencia (01), Lluvia (08), Un Amor (11) and her latest, The Sleepwalkers (19).

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Paula Hernandez
  • Producer(s)
    Juan Pablo Miller, Santiago López
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Paula Hernandez
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Iván Gierasinchuk
  • Composer
    Pedro Onetto
  • Cast
    Érica Rivas, Luis Ziembrowsky, Daniel Hendler, Marilú Marini, Valeria Lois, Ornella D´elia, Rafael Federman

Film Info

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  • Original Title
    Los sonámbulos
  • Country
    Argentina, Uruguay
  • Run-Time
    107 min
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