Too Late to Die Young is a vivid and sensuous coming of age tale from Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor (Thursday Till Sunday), partly based on her own childhood. The film is set in the alternative ecological community of Peñalolén in the shadow of the Andes through one languorous summer in 1990. In this time of change and reckoning after the end of the dictatorship, 16-year-old Sofía and Lucas, and 10-year-old Clara, struggle with parents, first loves, and fears, as they prepare a big party for New Year’s Eve.

‘I like to play with this timelessness. I was captured initially by the idea of making a film about teenagers, about adolescence. But also about a country—Chile—that is adolescent. I was trying to portray a period so full of hope for the future that it may have been necessary to forget the past a little bit.’ Dominga Sotomayor, Director.