Tender and loving portrait of a Mexican family celebrating life at a bittersweet birthday party. A film that shows how everyone prepares for loss differently.

Please note that this film is in Spanish, with Dutch subtitles.
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Seven-year-old Sol spends the day at her grandfather’s home, helping her aunts Nuri and Alejandra with the preparations for a surprise party they are throwing for Sol’s father, Tonatiuh. The party will however likely be his last and hence it is also a farewell ceremony. As daylight fades, a strange atmosphere takes over. Sol will come to understand that her world is about to change dramatically, embracing the essence of letting go and cherishing the breath of life.

A film that prepares for loss, TÓTEM amasses signs and forms of life: animals, insects, plants and a parade of wonderful human beings who are stronger together. Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Lila Avilés, Mexico, France, Denemark, 2023, 95 min. Spanish spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Naíma Sentíes, Montserrat Marañon, Marisol Gasé, Saori Guiza, Matteo García Elizondo..