The Quispe Girls

Las niñas Quispe

In The Quispe Girls, Sebastián Sepúlveda takes us on a journey around the barren and anhydrous Atacama Plateau in Chile. Isolated from the world, sisters Husta, Lucia, and Luciana are devoted to their herd. At the same time, however, they suffer from the loneliness they experience, forced to repress their emotions and femininity in order to survive. The news of Pinochet’s decision to ban pasturing in the area becomes the turning point of their silent struggle to preserve their way of life. The three sisters fall apart in the face of the spectrum of the threat, while all the choices they have seem equally bleak. The vastness of the landscape and the emotional detachment of the dialogue, intensify the tangible style of a film debut that is inspired by true events.

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Direction: Sebastián Sepúlveda
Script: Sebastián Sepúlveda, adapted from the play Las Brutas by Juan Radrigán
Cinematography: Inti Briones
Editing: Santiago Otheguy, Sebastián Sepúlveda
Actors: Digna Quispe, Catalina Saavedra, Francisca Gavilán
Production: Fabula
Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín
Co-production: Dolce Vita Films, Cinema Uno
Co-producers: Marc Irmer, Diego Urgoiti-Moinot, Fernando Sokolowicz
Costumes: Muriel Parra
Production Design: Cristián Mayorga
Executive producer: Juan Ignacio Correa, Mariane Hartard, Rocío Jadue, Andrea Carrasco Stuven, Clara Szwarc
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Chile, France, Argentina
Production Year: 2013
Duration: 80΄
Contact: Fabula
Awards/Distinctions: Fedeora Award Best for Cinematography (International Film Critics Week) – Venice IFF 2013, Best Latin American Film - Special Mention – Mar del Plata IFF 2013, Best Cinematography – Lima Latin American FF 2014

Sebastián Sepúlveda

Having spent 18 years living between Europe and South America, Sebastián Sepúlveda returned to Chile in 1990 to study Ηistory. He later studied editing at San Antonio de los Banos in Cuba and Screenplay at La Femis in Paris. In addition to working as a screenwriter and editor, in 2008 he directed the documentary El Arenal. The Quispe Girls is his first feature.


2008 El Arenal (doc)
2013 The Quispe Girls