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LOS REYES

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Wednesday, August 14 – Tuesday, August 27

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PRODUCED, DIRECTED,  AND EDITED BY IVÁN OSNOVIKOFF AND BETTINA PERUT

In Santiago, Chile, Chola and Football are two homeless dogs – who aren’t homeless at all. Scrappy, adorable mutts, they live in Los Reyes, the city’s oldest skateboard park, kept company by dozens of teenage boys who are constantly in motion. (Surely the film’s title also refers to the dogs, truly kings of their quirky world.) One dog constantly schleps around a deflated football (or golf ball or empty soda bottle); the other romps alongside him day and night. The voices of the young skaters, set against the noises of the city, form a soundscape: bragging, complaining, joking, sharing the daily experiences of working-class kids. One day, two dog houses miraculously appear in the park – just in time to provide shelter for the coming winter. A touching film about the mysteries and joys of friendship: 2-legged on wheels and 4-legged on the ground. “An extraordinary film.” – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

CHILE / GERMANY    2018    78 MINS.    IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES    GRASSHOPPER FILM

Reviews

“An extraordinary film. Mesmerizing. The dogs are never filmed in such a way as to make them look endearing or ‘characterful.’ It seems an outrageous, even perverse challenge: 75 minutes in a skate park, watching two dogs do nothing exceptional. But like the best films about the everyday, LOS REYES makes us reassess our ideas of what is and isn’t interesting in the world. Pablo Valdes’s intensely sharp photography is full of striking compositions that make the ordinary beautiful without falsely aestheticizing it. There are sound dynamics to match. Sound designer Janis Grossmann… has created a vividly textured collage. A film about life lived up close. What the film tells us so wonderfully is that [Football] was just a dog, seemingly no more unique than an other - but also that any animal, looked at attentively and patiently enough, becomes not just exemplary, but the living, hearing, seeing center of the world.”
– Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

“A doggone low-key crowdpleaser. It’s a case of four wheels good, four legs even better. Built four-square around the considerable screen presence of inseparable best-pal canine co-leads, Chola and Football. [The film is] high on atmosphere and unassuming charm.”
– Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A charmingly roundabout documentary, born of curiosity, patience, and no small amount of inventiveness on the part of its authors. Unconventional. The inseparable canines became [the film’s] protagonists. You don’t have to be a ‘dog person’ to find these two irresistible. To pull it off required an incredibly sophisticated sound design. Cinematographer Pablo Valdes has a gift for creative framing. There are profound conclusions to be drawn, but none imposed. The film is an escape from outside stresses, a breath of freedom in a busy world.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety

“Wonderful. The film conveys a rare, animal sense of being, feeling out their existential space without lapsing into human psychology. That being said, if what Futbol and Chola have isn’t friendship, I’m not sure what is. LOS REYES doesn’t flinch from recognizing the loss that is the risk of any close bond. I said I wouldn’t, but now I think I’m tearing up.”
– Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment