Berlinale

Días de Santiago

Synopsis
Santiago Roman, a rugged, 23-year-old soldier of the Peruvian Navy, returns home to Lima after years of fighting in the jungle. Combat-weary and searching for hope, Santiago is a member of a lost Peruvian generation – his spirit scared by futile wars with Ecuador and constant fighting against terrorists and drug traffickers. He quickly finds his native Lima an unwelcoming place – his army buddies have taken to bankrobbing, the decadent club scene offers only noise and lights; prospective employers won’t hire him, his applications for credit are refused. But worst of all, Santiago learns that his friends, family and his young, professional wife have become decadent or distant – and that they are, each in another way, unable to understand him. As his troubles converge in the film’s riveting climax, Dias de Santiago asks the question of escape for a discharged soldier, who returns home full of hope, but finds only disappointment and inner turmoil.


World premiere
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2004

Theatrical release in Germany
Dec 8, 2005

Festivals (selection)
BAFICI Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2004
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2004
Lima Latin American Film Festival 2004
Fribourg International Film Festival 2004
Valladolid International Film Festival 2004
Transilvania International Film Festival 2004
Toronto International Film Festival 2004
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2004
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2005
Toulouse Latin America Film Festival 2004
Rencontres Internationales de Cinéma à Paris 2004
Gindou Film Festival 2004
Nantes Festival of 3 Continents 2004
Seattle International Film Festival 2005

Awards (selection)
FIPRESCI Preis / Grand Prix, Fribourg International Film Festival 2004
Best Actor for Pietro Sibille, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2004
Best Actor / Critics Award, Lima Latin American Film Festival 2004
Transilvania Trophy by Transilvania International Film Festival 2004

Rights sold to
Germany, USA, Chile, Peru, France, Switzerland

Peru 2004
Director: Josué Méndez
Producer: Chullachaki Producciones (Peru)
German Distributor: W-films
World Sales: Mil Colores Media / Cachoeira Films (Germany)

Funded in the WCF jury session in January 2005
Funding amount: 15,000 €