Filmmaker Pedro Peirano in attendance

Sebastián Silva—best known for his sophomore work, The Maid (Latin Wave 2009), which won Sundance’s World Cinema Competition in 2009—has returned with a film that masterfully moves from farce to black comedy to melodrama. Co-directed with his writing partner Pedro Peirano, Old Cats portrays a seriously dysfunctional relationship between an octogenarian mother (played by master actor Belgica Castro, who turns 90 this year) who is free-falling into senility and her greedy, drug-addicted daughter who wants to invest her mother’s money in a questionable business venture. Silva and Peirano beautifully negotiate the fantastic world of the mother’s dementia with the reality of the accumulation that comes with growing old—an apartment filled with a lifetime of knick-knacks, masks, books, and old cats. The film is gorgeously rendered through the documentary-style camera work of director of photography Sergio Armstrong, and the cast is rounded out with pitch-perfect supporting performances by Alejandro Sieveking and Catalina Saavedra (the amazing lead in The Maid). We are extremely pleased to be screening Old Cats—which had its world premiere at the highly prestigious New York Film Festival last fall—knowing that it will be an unforgettable experience for all those who see it.

Students with valid ID receive complimentary admission to Latin Wave films on Sunday, May 1 only.

Pedro Peirano is a television and film screenwriter, director, journalist, and cartoonist. He co-wrote La vida me mata and The Maid. In 2003, Perirano developed one of the most successful children’s television series in Chile called 31 Minutos, which he turned into the 2008 film 31 Minutos the Film. The TV series won the Latin American Jeneusse prize and was nominated for an International Emmy. The series was sold to Nickelodeon and gained cult followings in Mexico and South America. As a cartoonist in Chile, Peirano has created several long-running comic series for young people in the most prestigious newspapers. He has also edited two books on the art of comics.

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Pedro Peirano and Sebastián Silva
Spanish with English subtitles
Running Time
88 minutes