Dominga Sotomayor was born in Santiago, Chile. After directing a number of short films that were awarded prizes in international film festivals, Sotomayor directed her first full-length feature film, “De jueves a domingo” (“Thursday till Sunday”; 2012), which won a major award (the Tiger Award) at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2012. Her debut as the director of a full-length feature film is about a journey: the weekend excursion of a bourgeois family. In the course of the excursion, the film’s chief protagonist, 11-year-old Lucia, discovers that this will be the last outing of her family as a unit and that, when they return home, her parents will break up and the family unit will be shattered.
Sotomayor’s fascination with the period of childhood and with the way children see the world is a prominent characteristic of most of her short films. Through the eyes of children, the viewer sees the attempts to hide the truth from them in order to protect them and also bears witness to broken unwritten promises. Sotomayor has no doubts as to the direction in which she wants to take her characters. With the help of precise cinematography, which is characteristic of all her films, she succeeds in moving her audience and in causing them to identify with the characters on the screen.
Her cinema is minimalist and the dramatic moves gradually become clear through hints, nuances and, primarily, a close, lingering look at the landscape that can be seen beyond the scenes in which the action takes place. Sotomayor’s next film, Late To Die Young, is concerned with autobiographical events connected with her past as a child who grew up in a remote ecological village, which began as the initiative of a few families determined to create an alternative cooperative community committed to preserving nature. Her film was one of the projects of the Jerusalem International Film Lab.
Dominga Sotomayor has participated in exhibitions in Chile and London where she presented video films and visual installations.