Director: Cristián Jiménez
Vision, or lack thereof, is at the heart of Chilean director Cristián Jiménez’s first film. A charmingly quirky narrative set during winter in southern Chile which explores society's neuroses over appearances, surveillance and communication, this film focuses on three main characters: a once-blind skier terrorized by the world he now sees; a mall security guard smitten with a beautiful thief spotted over security cameras; and a loyal über-employee unceremoniously transferred to a dead-end job and trained by his company on how to behave like an unemployed person. All three men face the world mired in desires and circumstances they barely understand, where everything feels somewhat unreal, a lotlike an optical illusion. Sometimes humorous, sometimes melancholy, their stories are all essentially about dreams, wishes, and disappointments. As a child, Jiménez could not decide if he wanted to be a sociologist or a stand-up comedian and both perspectives on the absurdities of life are clearly included here.