Memorias de un cuerpo que arde

Memories of a Burning Body
Growing up in a repressive era when sexuality was a taboo subject, 68-year-old Ana, 69-year-old Patricia and 71-year-old Mayela developed their understanding of what it means to be a woman based on unspoken rules and implicit expectations. Now they dare to talk about it openly. The memories, secrets and longings of the three are interwoven in a poetic way: while the women tell their stories off-screen, they fill the body of another woman of their generation who incarnates their lives.
by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss
with Sol Carballo, Paulina Bernini, Juliana Filloy, Liliana Biamonte, Juan Luis Araya
Costa Rica / Spain 2024 Spanish, Subtitles: English 90' Colour World premiere


  • Sol Carballo (Woman)
  • Paulina Bernini (Young Woman)
  • Juliana Filloy (Girl)
  • Liliana Biamonte (Mother)
  • Juan Luis Araya (Husband)
  • Gabriel Araya (Father)
  • Leonardo Perucci (Boyfriend)
  • Cecilia García (Grandmother)


DirectorAntonella Sudasassi Furniss
ScreenplayAntonella Sudasassi Furniss
CinematographyAndrés Campos Sánchez
EditingBernat Aragonés
MusicJuano Damiani
Sound DesignFernando Novillo
SoundSergio Gutiérrez Solórzano
Production DesignAmparo Baeza Infante
CostumesPatricia Alvarado Hurtado
Make-UpGabriel Hidalgo
CastingKim Picado Gutiérrez
ProducerAntonella Sudasassi Furniss
Executive ProducersAntonella Sudasassi Furniss, Manrique Cortés Castro, Estephania Bonnett Alonso
Co-ProducerEstephania Bonnett Alonso
Co-ProductionPlaylab Films, Barcelona

Produced by

Substance Films

San José, Costa Rica

World Sales

Bendita Film Sales

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Antonella Sudasassi Furniss

The director, screenwriter, and producer was born in Costa Rica. Her first film, The Awakening of the Ants, premiered at the Berlinale Forum in 2019 and was selected for more than 65 international festivals, representing the country at the Academy Awards and becoming the first Costa Rican film to be recognized by the Platino Awards and the first Central American movie to receive a Goya Award nomination. Memories of a Burning Body is her second film.

Filmography (selection)

2008 Descartable; short film 2010 De cómo para Cecilia el rojo dejó de ser fuego; short film 2016 El despertar de las hormigas: niñez; short film 2019 El despertar de las hormigas (The Awakening of the Ants) 2024 Memorias de un cuerpo que arde (Memories of a Burning Body)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Mon Feb 19 18:45

Haus der Berliner Festspiele

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Tue Feb 20 15:45

Cubix 5

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Wed Feb 21 21:30

Cubix 5

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Fri Feb 23 22:00

Zoo Palast 2

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Sat Feb 24 13:00

Cubix 9

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Panorama Audience Award

Memorias de un cuerpo que arde

Sun Feb 25 21:00

Zoo Palast 1

Screening of the award-winning fiction film

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