El Despertar de las Hormigas

201990 minsSpanish

The awakening of the ants is an intimate drama where Isabel's political family pushes her to have another child, a boy. Isabel is a 28-year-old woman who has never questioned what she wants. She is a good mother, wife, daughter-in-law, and sister-in-law. She does what is expected of her and this is what she teaches to her daughters Valery and Nicole. The film unfolds in San Mateo, a hot town, full of insects capable of devouring anything that is left within reach, a small town but big hell where tradition prevails as a family rule. Isabel’s intimacy is a subject of public scrutiny. A series of revelations about her present and future leads Isabel to face herself, her environment and her family, developing an emotional crisis that will only end when Isabel awakens and takes a stand on her life.

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Festivals and Awards:

  • Berlin International Film Festival Forum – Berlinale 2019 (International Premiere)
  • Costa Rica International Film Festival CRFIC 2019 (National Premiere)
  • Platino Award Education and Values in Cinema 2020 (Latin America)
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2019, USA. (Award Grand Prize of the Jury of the Ibero-American Category)
  • Costa Rica International Film Festival CRFIC 2019 (Best National Film Award)
  • Gramado Film Festival 2019, Brazil. (Critics Award, Special Jury Award and Best Foreign Film Award)
  • Seoul International Women’s Film Festival 2019, South Korea. (Special Jury Prize)
  • Tucuman Cinema Festival 2019, Argentina. (Best Production Award in the Official Latin American Competition)
  • Nashville Film Festival 2019, USA. (Best Hispanic Fiction Film awarded by the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber)
  •  Icaro Central American Film Festival 2019, Guatemala. (Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Young Jury Award for Best Film)
  • Zacatecas International Film Festival 2019, Mexico. (Best Ibero-American Fiction Feature Film)
  • Cinema d’IDEA Rome 2020 Festival, Italy. (Best Film)
  • Tenemos Que Ver Festival 2020, Uruguay. (Best First Film awarded by the Young Jury)


Director: Antonella Sudasassi
Producer: Amaya Izquierdo
Executive Producer: Amaya Izquierdo and José Esteban Alenda
Production Designer: Laura Castillo
Screenplay: Antonella Sudasassi
Director of Photography: Andrés Campos
Editor: Raúl de Torres
Music: Sergio de la Puente
Costume Designer: Ruth Vargas
Sound: Abraham Arce, Steffano Solla