Scene from the film Las Cruces
Scene from the film Las Cruces
Scene from the film Las Cruces
Scene from the film Las Cruces
Scene from the film Las Cruces

Las Cruces

  • Chile
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Days after the Chilean coup d’état of 1973, 19 workers were arrested and taken to the Laja Police Station. After being detained for 5 days, they disappeared. Their relatives were told that they were transferred to a military regiment in Los Angeles, however they searched for 6 years to no avail, until remains appeared at a cemetery. For 40 years, no one knew what really happened, and the case was only reopened when one of the police officers involved broke his silence.


  • Original title
    Las Cruces
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Carlos Vásquez Méndez, Teresa Arredondo
  • DOP
    Carlos Vásquez Méndez
  • Editing
    Carlos Vásquez Méndez, Martín Sappia
  • Sound
    Andrea López Millán
  • Duration
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Chile
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Awards
    • Special mention, FIDMarseille 2018
    • Special Jury Prize, Festival International de Cine de Valdivia 2018
    • Best Film FIDOCS
    • Special Mention, Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata 2018
    • Best Film Mercosur, RECAM, Mar de Plata IFF
    • Best Film, 7o Festival de Cine de Antofagasta – ANTOFACINE, 2018
    • Best Film - 11o Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Best Cinamatography - Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Mejor Screenplay - 11o Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Best Fim Citizen Jury Award - 11o Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Special Mention, 20o Havana Film Festival New York
    • Mayor Prize, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival YIDFF 2019 – JAPAN
    • Special Jury Prize, Rengo International Film Festival 2019 - Chile is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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