Too Late to Die Young


(Tarde para morir joven)

a film by Dominga Sotomayor

in cinemas 24 May

special previews + director Q&As 22-26 May


Locarno Festival 2018: Winner – Best Direction

London Film Festival 2018: nominated for Best Film  


Set in Chile in the summer of 1990, Too Late to Die Young is a beguiling coming-of-age drama, partly inspired by the director’s own experiences growing up in the alternative ecological community of Peñalolén. As the country comes to terms with the end of Pinochet’s dictatorship, a group of adolescents living on a rural commune is the foothills of the Andes attempt to make sense of their own burgeoning desires and tangled relationships. Sixteen-year old Sofia, the daughter of a famous singer, who is largely absent from her life, becomes intoxicated with the motorbike-riding Ignacio—much to the dismay of her friend, Lucas. Meanwhile, ten-year old Clara is more concerned with the whereabouts of her beloved dog.  Featuring a standout performance from newcomer, Demian Hernández, as Sofia, this is a subtly observed and beautifully shot evocation of a time brimming with hope and trepidation, with Inti Briones’ cinematography capturing perfectly the sun-scorched hues of an endless teenage summer.


Little White Lies: ★★★★ “An intimate, human-focused film with broad allegorical potential” 

Financial Times: ★★★★ “Too Late to Die Young, a bewitching film from Chile’s Dominga Sotomayor Castillo”

Evening Standard: ★★★★

The Skinny: ★★★★ “the film remains incredibly sensitive to the weight of political upheaval happening outside the frame”

RTE: ★★★★ “Nervy restlessness and the anticipation of doomed innocence shadows the brilliant Too Late to Die Young”

Filmuforia: ★★★★ “[Dominga Sotomayor] has that rare gift of lightness of touch, letting her drama take shape naturally marking her out as a real talent to watch out for”

The Upcoming: ★★★★ “Dominga Sotomayor infuses scenes with great visual wit and elegance”

Cinevue: ★★★★ “Too Late to Die Young is Castillo’s remarkable endeavour to relive memories, sensations and lived moments”

The Guardian: ★★★ “Castillo’s talent for spiritually attuned atmospherics could be her USP among Chile’s current crop of directors”

The Digital Fix8/10 “The textured layering of her world creates a uniquely dense atmosphere unlike almost anything else you are likely to see this year”

Sight & Sound: “Set in the aftermath of the Pinochet regime, Dominga Sotomayor’s accomplished third film explores different generations adapting to new freedoms and an uncertain future”

indieWire: “an impressive illustration of a director in command of the medium”

Film CommentInterview: Dominga Sotomayor
Screen Daily: “an ambitious feat of storytelling delivered with a sensitivity to mood and emotion”

Hollywood Reporter: “…this languorous and handsomely produced feature is a lovingly textured addition to the coming-of-age genre”

Variety: a satisfying sensorial work
MUBI: Spirit of Change: Dominga Sotomayor Talks Too Late to Die Young”
Cinemascope: Cinematographer Inti Briones films the group’s activities at a distance through walls and windows, with a painterly sensitivity to the shades of summer
The Film Stage: One of the best discoveries of the year is Dominga Sotomayor’s Chilean drama Too Late to Die Young

Forthcoming screenings:

3 Aug: Gulbenkian, Canterbury

5 & 8 Aug: South Hill Park, Bracknell

4 Sep: Deptford Cinema, London

12 Dec: Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard


Past Screenings:

31 Jul, Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds

29 Jul-1 Aug, Belmont, Aberdeen

26-29 Jul, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

13 Jul, South Social Film Festival, London

8, 9, & 11 Jul, Chichester Cinema

2 Jul: Strode Theatre, Street

1 Jul: Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden

18-19 Jun: Filmhouse Edinburgh

18 Jun: The Cube, Bristol

14 Jun: Depot Cinema, Lewes

13 Jun: Lexi Cinema, London

11 & 13 Jun: Northampton Filmhouse

7-13 Jun: Derby QUAD

28-30 May: Glasgow Film Theatre

26 May: Lexi Cinema, London + Q&A

24 May-5 Jun: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

24 May-1 Jun: Barbican Cinema, London

24-30 May: Irish Film Institute, Dublin

24 May-3 Jul: ICA, London

24-30 May: Showroom, Sheffield (26 May +Q&A)

24-30 May: HOME, Manchester (25 May +Q&A)

24-27 May: Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast

24 May: Curzon Bloomsbury, London + Q&A

23 May: BFI, London – preview + Q&A

22 May: ICA, London – preview + Q&A

18 May: FLAWA Festival, London

18 May: Hinterlands Film Festival, Skipton

10 Apr: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, Wales One World Film Festival

4 Apr: Kinokulture Oswestry, Wales One World Film Festival

25 Mar: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales One World Film Festival

23 Mar: Femspectives, Glasgow

3 Mar: Keswick Film Festival

1 Mar: Borderlines Film Festival

11/14 Nov 2018: Leeds International Film Festival

10 Nov 2018: Inverness Film Festival

8 Nov 2018: Bath Film Festival

13/14/19 Oct 2018: London Film Festival


Written & Directed by: Dominga Sotomayor

Produced by: Rodrigo Teixeira, Dominga Sotomayor

Cast: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro

Production Companies: Cinestación, RT Features, Ruda Cine and CirceFilms

Executive Producer: Omar Zúñiga

Executive Producers: Sophie Mas, Daniel Pech

Associate Producers: Nicolás San Martín, Alejandro Wise

Co-producers: Violeta Bava, Rosa Martínez Rivero, Stienette Bosklopper, Lisette Kelder, Inti Briones

Cinematography: Inti Briones

Editor: Catalina Marín

Sound Design: Julia Huberman

Art Director: Estefanía Larraín


Country of production: Chile, Brazil, Argentina, The Netherlands, Qatar

Year: 2018

Running time: 110 mins

Languages: Spanish + subtitles