LOS REYES by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff wins the 2018
IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary




FESTIVALS:
* IDFA’18 Competition

AWARD:
* IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary.

Directors Iván Osnovikoff and Bettina Perut and  producer Maite Alberdi
Directors Iván Osnovikoff and Bettina Perut
with producer Maite Alberdi



Los Reyes

Category |Animals, Human Interest, Social Issues, Youth
Year | 2018
Country | Chile, Germany
Running time | 77’&52’
Format | HD
Production | Perut + Osnovikoff Ltda., Dirk Manthey Film
Director | Ivan Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut


Los Reyes ("The Kings") is the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This story is about the real kings here: Football and Chola, two stray dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers.

The energetic Chola loves to play with the balls she finds lying around. She positions them at the edge of the bowls where the skaters show off their tricks and tries to catch them just before they fall down. The older dog, Football, looks on impatiently and barks at Chola until she finally drops the balls.

The teenagers around them come from very different, sometimes troubled backgrounds. They each have their own story, which they recount to us in voiceover. In this almost fairy-tale-like film, the phenomenal, dreamlike camerawork centers almost entirely on the subtle interaction between the two dogs, as they play with a ball, a stick, a stone and each other.

REVIEW:

Full Frame 2019 Women Directors: Meet Bettina Perut – “Los Reyes
    - interview by Sophia Stewart - WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD

...an extraordinary film. 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."
    - by Jonathan Romney, Filmcomment

The lives of two stray dogs are brimming with interest and unexpected emotion in Los Reyes. ...(the film) has a hypnotic charm that animal lovers in particular will find hard to resist.
  - ScreenDaily - IDFA review

This film really is my idea of heaven. I loved every, last, stinkin', second of this doggie doc. I want to watch it again, and again, and again, and just revel in its wisdom and glory.
   - by Alex Billington, FIRSTSHOWING.NET

Diversity takes many forms in the industry,(...) Nowhere was this more evident than in the festival’s standout documentary, Los Reyes (The Kings). Los Reyes is a bold and successful experiment: it puts the animals’ perspective at its centre, not as a metaphor for anything human, but for its own ends. The film deservedly won the special jury prize for feature-length documentary.
   - Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

The "kings" of Santiago's oldest skate park are a pair of black street dogs, Football and Chola, who'll capture your heart in this creative look at an urban space.
   - Peter Debruge Chief Film Critic, Variety

Los Reyes was originally pitched as "the story of three low-income teenage skateboarders that embody the challenge of becoming adults in a segregated and classist current day Chile," only for the shooting and editing to take different, more original and rewarding paths.
   - by Neil Youg, The Hollywood Reporter

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