Skip to Content
  • Now Playing
  • MFAH Films Overview
  • Tickets & Admissions
  • Movies Houstonians Love
  • Latin Wave
  • Film Buffs
  • Robert Frank Collection
Law Building
1001 Bissonnet
Map & Directions

Directed by Marcela Said

2013; in Spanish with English subtitles


95 minutes



The Summer of Flying Fish

El verano de los peces voladores

Reflecting the rise of Chile's growing film-production industry, The Summer of Flying Fish is an example of cinema being made for more global audiences. In Marcela Said's subtly ominous coming-of-age story, a girl comes to realize her rich family’s idyllic Chilean life of leisure on a misty hot springs ranch is deeply flawed. She’s old enough not just to see her parents’ imminent marital breakdown, but more important, the indigenous Mapuche’s growing intolerance of the moneyed elites on their land. Building a powerful sense of creeping dread and imminent disaster, the film is full of arresting images—ghostly morning mist, lapping waves, armies of moths, steam-shrouded hot springs—in addition to messages about class and entitlement. 

"What distinguishes The Summer of Flying Fish are the rich visuals, which incorporate fire, air, earth, and water. Director/cowriter Marcela Said, working with ace cinematographer Inti Briones, has created a gorgeous film. From a mesmerizing sequence shot from inside a car illuminated by just the headlights, or a birthday party in a swimming pool in which the camera lingers on the floating characters, The Summer of Flying Fish offers pure cinematic poetry along with its socially conscious messages." —Indiewire