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
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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
  • Cinematography
    Carlos Vásquez Méndez
  • Editing
    Carlos Vásquez Méndez, Martín Sappia
  • Sound
    Andrea López Millán
  • Runtime
    80 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Chile
  • Format
    • 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, Festival de Cine de Antofagasta – ANTOFACINE, 2018
    • Best Film - Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Best Cinamatography - Festival de Cine Chileno FECICH 2019
    • Mejor Screenplay - 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 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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