The second film by Scherson investigates the tension between nature and society in a playful way. On her way to their holiday destination, it becomes clear to thirty-something Carla that her marriage to Joel brings her more sorrow than is good for both of them. As she recovers from their quarrel outside the car, Joel drives off. Rebellious and sad, Carla continues her journey on foot. At the Siete Tazas nature reserve, she meets the Norwegian backpacker Ulrik, who invites her to camp in the beautiful Chilean reserve with its seven waterfalls. Hopefully, calm and inexorable nature will bring her peace. But the park turns out to offer more than trees, water and beetles: there are also the unscrupulous nieces Susana and Susana and the park warden Orlando, a former top 40 star. In the mini society in the woods people fight, make love, party and badminton, while Carla concludes that the natural laws of Siete Tazas are not that much different from city life in Santiago.
In Tourists, Scherson combines her background as an observant biologist with her great cinematographic talent for details and furtive emotions. Scherson previously visited Rotterdam with her successful début Play. She is one of a striking group of young Chilean film makers and teaches film at the Universidad de Chile. Tourists, like Play, was made with help from the Hubert Bals Fund. (GT)


International title
Tourists
Filmmaker
Alicia Scherson
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Chile
Year
2009
Medium
35mm
Length
104’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Macarena Lopez
Production Company
La Ventura Ltda., Paraíso Production Diffusion
Sales
La Ventura Ltda.
Writer
Alicia Scherson
Cinematography
Ricardo de Angelis
Editor
Soledad Salfate
Sound Design
Miguel Hormazabal
Music
Phillipe Boisier
Cast
Diego Noguera