A middle-class father Ricardo takes his two daughters to their lakeside family house in southern Chile. Out on a yacht one day, they see three young local fishermen waving at them from another boat which is rapidly taking on water. Ricardo refuses to go and help, arguing they look suspicious, much to his older daughter’s exasperation.
Prejudices, fears, and class crashing are the driving engine of a psycho drama that evolves into a tense thriller. Set mostly on a yacht on the water (steady but dynamic, open but confined), looks, attitudes, camera moves, editing decisions and great performances (a special note for the interpretative duel held by Alfredo Castro and Consuelo Carreño, who face each other again after the stunning “Algunas Bestias”) enhance mistrust and discrimination to bring us to a whole cinematic experience.
Based on a few elements, debutant Nicolás Postiglione manages to build up a strong genre piece, which beyond (enjoyable) tension and rush, reveals a key contemporary element (not only in Chilean society): the fear of the other and incapacity of communication.
Javier Garcia Puerto
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Nicolas Postiglione (snd 1985, San Francisco) on lõpetanud filmieriala ARCIS ülikoolis 2007. Pärast kooli lõpetamist alustas karjääri filmide ja reklaamfilmide lavastajana, tehes kaastööd erinevatele brändidele ja agentuuridele Tšiilis ja Ladina-Ameerikas. Ta on teinud ka mitu lühifilmi, millest viimane, „Agreeable Damage“, pälvis parima muusika preemia SANFIC festivalil 2020. „Tundmatu vesi“ on tema esimene täispikk film.
Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic