Film Title



  • Sunday 09 October 19:00
  • Closing Night Tickets £25.00


95 mins

Director: Cristián Jiménez Country: Chile
Writer: Cristián Jiménez Original Format: RedOne
Dir. of Photography: Inti Briones Print Source: Network
Producers: Bruno Bettati, Julie Gayet, Nadia Turincev
Cast: Diego Noguera, Natalia Galgani, Gabriela Arancibia

Film Details

UK Premiere - Official Selection Feature
Closing Night Gala followed by an After-Party at Jewel Piccadilly

Short Synopsis:

In need of a plot, young writer Julio turns to the romance he had 8 years earlier with the beautiful Emilia when both were studying literature in Valdivia.



Based on the much-lauded novel by Alejandro Zambra, Bonsai is the second feature from already cult Chilean director Cristián Jiménez, whose debut Optical Illusions screened to international acclaim.

With a structure that revolves loosely around Proust’s novel, Remembrance of Things Past, the story centres on the lengthy love affair between two college students – Julio (Diego Noguera) and Emilia (Nathalia Galgani).

In deadpan, hipster style we’re told from the beginning where their fate lies – in the end Emilia dies and Julio remains alone. To get to that point however, Jimenez employs a flash forward/backward dynamic that softens the blow.

Julio is a young man obsessed with literature. He meets Emilia after a class during which he’s lied about reading Proust. Skipping ahead 8 years in the future Julio now longs to be a writer himself. He applies for a job as a typist to the famous novelist Gazmuri but when he loses out because his asking price is too steep, he pretends the job is his to impress his attractive neighbour and sometime lover, Bianca. The story he writes instead is based on his own love affair with Emilia.

Hip, funny and moving, Bonsai features pitch perfect performances from a very talented cast. Diego Noguera gives a performance that is both funny and touching while Nathalia Galgani has a simmering Latin sensuality that, together with superlative direction from one of Chile’s rising stars, make Bonsai a real cinematic treat.

Suzanne Ballantyne

10 October 2011 Louise Hector Bonsai


Closing Film will be followed by an After-Party at Jewel Piccadilly. Gala Tickets give access to film + after-party.