Poster from the China release

Poster from China

* IDFA’18 Competition
* DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland)
* Göteborg International Film Festival (Sweden)
* Film Comment Selects (New York, USA)
* Hong Kong International Film Festival
* Miami Film Festival (USA)
* Cleveland International Film Festival (USA)
* Boston Global Cinema Film Festival (USA)
* Portland International Film Festival (USA)
* CPH:DOX (Copenhagen, Denmark)
* Wisconsin Film Festival (Madison, USA)
* Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, USA)
* Sarasota Film Festival (USA)
* Latin American Film Series - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA)
* Milwaukee Film Festival (USA)
* Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (USA)
* Montclair Film Festival (USA)
* Doclands (San Rafael, USA)
* DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
* Dok.Fest Münich (Germany)
* Beldocs, International Feature Documentary Film Festival (Serbia)
* Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival (Poland)
* Krakow Film Festival (Poland)
* Docaviv
* Sheffield Doc/Fest
* Biografilm
* Gimli Film Festival
* Two Riversides
* Melbourne
* Macao
* Dokufest
* MakeDox
* Message to Main
* IFI Documentary Film Festival
* Bergen

AWARD: Jury Award
* Jury Award - Calgary Underground Film Festival
Jury statement:
"For its unique storytelling and intimate creativity, we the jury are awarding this year’s CUFF.Docs jury prize to Bettina Perut and Ivan Osnovikoff’s LOS REYES. The film provides a beautiful guide through a Chilean skatepark through the perspectives of two street dogs, offering up a glance upwards at a world of youth, culture, and the looming adult world. Constructed with care for its canine subjects and the spaces around them, LOS REYES manages to quietly craft emotional arcs that leave a long-lasting impact that lingers on well after the credits roll.

* IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary.

Directors Iván Osnovikoff and Bettina Perut and  producer Maite Alberdi
Directors Iván Osnovikoff and Bettina Perut
with producer Maite Alberdi

Los Reyes

Category |Animals, Human Interest, Social Issues, Youth
Year | 2018
Country | Chile, Germany
Running time | 77’&52’
Format | HD
Production | Perut + Osnovikoff Ltda., Dirk Manthey Film
Director | Ivan Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut

Los Reyes ("The Kings") is the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This story is about the real kings here: Football and Chola, two stray dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers.

The energetic Chola loves to play with the balls she finds lying around. She positions them at the edge of the bowls where the skaters show off their tricks and tries to catch them just before they fall down. The older dog, Football, looks on impatiently and barks at Chola until she finally drops the balls.

The teenagers around them come from very different, sometimes troubled backgrounds. They each have their own story, which they recount to us in voiceover. In this almost fairy-tale-like film, the phenomenal, dreamlike camerawork centers almost entirely on the subtle interaction between the two dogs, as they play with a ball, a stick, a stone and each other.


Dreamy Dogs Upstage Chatty Skaters In this beautiful film, two canines while away the time as life goes on around them.
  - by Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times

Full Frame 2019 Women Directors: Meet Bettina Perut – “Los Reyes
    - interview by Sophia Stewart - WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD extraordinary film. It seems an outrageous, even perverse challenge: 75 minutes in a skate park, watching two dogs do nothing exceptional. But like the best films about the everyday, Los Reyes makes us reassess our ideas of what is and isn’t interesting in the world."
    - by Jonathan Romney, Filmcomment

The lives of two stray dogs are brimming with interest and unexpected emotion in Los Reyes. ...(the film) has a hypnotic charm that animal lovers in particular will find hard to resist.
  - ScreenDaily - IDFA review

This film really is my idea of heaven. I loved every, last, stinkin', second of this doggie doc. I want to watch it again, and again, and again, and just revel in its wisdom and glory.
   - by Alex Billington, FIRSTSHOWING.NET

Diversity takes many forms in the industry,(...) Nowhere was this more evident than in the festival’s standout documentary, Los Reyes (The Kings). Los Reyes is a bold and successful experiment: it puts the animals’ perspective at its centre, not as a metaphor for anything human, but for its own ends. The film deservedly won the special jury prize for feature-length documentary.
   - Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

The "kings" of Santiago's oldest skate park are a pair of black street dogs, Football and Chola, who'll capture your heart in this creative look at an urban space.
   - Peter Debruge Chief Film Critic, Variety

Los Reyes was originally pitched as "the story of three low-income teenage skateboarders that embody the challenge of becoming adults in a segregated and classist current day Chile," only for the shooting and editing to take different, more original and rewarding paths.
   - by Neil Youg, The Hollywood Reporter

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