THE HYPERBOREANS

A film by Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HYPERBOREANS
A film by Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña

Actress and psychologist Antonia Giesen decides to film a script revealed by a voice within the mind of one of her patients. Seeking collaboration with the filmmaking duo León & Cociña, they craft a crossroads of theatre, science fiction, animation and fabulated biopic, populated by parallel worlds and haunted by the shadow of a Chilean Nazi writer as a demonic figure.

Status: Completed
Year: 2024
Genre: Fantasy
Country: Chile

Language: Spanish, German
Available subtitles: English
Runtime: 71 minutes
Original title: Los hiperbóreos

 

CRISTÓBAL LEÓN & JOAQUÍN COCIÑA

Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, both born in 1980 in Chile, have been collaborating since 2007. Both attended the Catholic University of Chile, with León furthering his studies at UDK (Berlin) and De Ateliers (Amsterdam). Through their experimental films, León & Cociña offer a fresh interpretation of religious symbolism and magical rituals deeply entrenched in Latin America’s traditional culture. Their film production incorporates various techniques, including photography, drawing, sculpture, dance, and performance. Their stop-motion films are characterized by a raw cinematic language, where papier-mâché figures and innocent-looking drawings starkly contrast with themes such as religion, sex, and death prevalent in their works.

Winners of prestigious awards, their films are regularly featured at international film festivals and showcased in museums and biennials across Latin America. They have exhibited their work at renowned venues such as the Whitechapel Gallery, the Guggenheim Museum NY, KW Berlin, AJG Gallery Seville 2012, Art Basel Hong Kong Film section 2014, the Venice Biennale 2013 (representing Chile in the Latin American pavilion), and Art Basel Statements 2012.

Their debut feature film, “The Wolf House” (2018), garnered acclaim for its innovative approach. Shot in various public locations such as museums, cultural centers, and art galleries, it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2018, earning the Caligari Award in the Forum section. The film has since been screened at over 100 festivals, receiving more than 12 awards and mentions. Three years later, their animated short “Los Huesos” (2021) debuted at the Venice Film Festival, earning the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.

Their second feature film, “The Hyperboreans,” will celebrate its World Premiere at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

FILMOGRAPHY

2024 The Hyperboreans
2021 The Bones
(short)
2018 The Wolf House

2013 The Andes (short)
2012 The With and the Lover (short)
2008 Luis (short)
2007 Lucia (short)

CAST
Antonia Giesen
Francisco Visceral Rivera

CREW
Director: Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña 
Screenplay: Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña, Alejandra Moffat
Cinematography: Natalia Medina
Editing: Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña, Paolo Caro Silva
Sound: Claudio Vargas
Music: Valo Aguilar
Executive Producer: Catalina Vergara
Production Company: León & Cociña Films, Globo Rojo Films

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
2024
Cannes Directors’ Fortnight
Shanghai International Film Festival | Cannes Express
Filmfest München | CineRebels Competition
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival | Metal Noir

A bizarre, disturbing, and deeply entertaining work of art.
Redmond Bacon, Journey into Cinema

A poignant, experimental film-warning against political amnesia.
Savina Petkova, The Film Stage

An authentic labour of love that looks wonderfully home-made, like a return to the uncertain but groundbreaking origins of early sci-fi. 
Jonathan Holland, Screen Daily