After graduating as a biologist, Alicia SCHERSON (1974, Chile) was educated in filmmaking at EICTV, the film academy in Cuba. She made several short films and videos and obtained a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her feature debut, Play (2005), received numerous international awards. Tourists, her second film, was selected for the 2009 Tiger Awards Competition. The film Family Life came out in 2017, which she co-directed with Cristián Jiménez.
No me mires (1994, short), Gallo de Pelea (1996, short), La ultima aceituna/The Last Olive (1998, short), 4 Postcards (2001, short), Deep Throat, Human Vocal Chords (2001, short), Heavenly Bodies (2001, short), Little Moral Games (2002), Crying Underwater (2002, short), Baño de mujeres/Ladies Restroom (2005, short), Play (2005), Turistas/Tourists (2009), Il futuro/The Future (2013), Vida de familia/Family Life (2017, co-dir)
Alicia Scherson at IFFR
The unbearable lightness of being, focussing on an airport.
In the huge city of Santiago, the paths of a poor inquisitive country girl and a tired upper-class professional cross or basically they don't. The tone is light in this fluent debut by Scherson that has already been compared with Hal Hartley thanks to its ironic tone and because of its class consciousness with Lucrecia Martel.
A broken relationship, a down and out pop idol, a blonde Scandinavian tourist and a collection of insects form the ingredients of Alicia Scherson's beautifully told second film about thirtysomething Carla who finds out in a Chilean nature reserve that the laws of nature can be just as confusing as those of the city.
The informal intimacy of amateur film formats, such as Hi8 or MP4, is often used by film makers. But seldom with such intense beauty as by Torres Leiva. Moving observations about the certainties and uncertainties of love, family and other relationships, around a summer resort in the mountains of Chile.
Bianca and her younger brother lose their parents - so they have to make their own way to the future. That's how former film star Maciste (Rutger Hauer) enters her life. Roberto Bolaño's novella, situated in Rome, was intriguingly adapted by Chilean talent Scherson. Nominated for The Big Screen Award.
To impress a single mother, lonely house-sitter Martín acts as if the home and the family photos are his. He’s good at lying, but what if it’s true love? Great acting in Chilean cinema veteran’s comedy that sheds new light on family relations – and Nutella. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.