Hablemos del tiempo / Small Talk (EN)

Feature-length film
Marcela Said
Production company: 
Frio Invierno
500 000 €
Goals at Cinéma en Développement: 
  • Make the project known to the European funds present in the festival, regarding to submit during 2014,
  • Make the project known to the European development aids and labs,
  • Look a French production company for the project to follow up.
Hablemos del tiempo / Small Talk

Mariana (40) is married to Pedro (45), a workoholic economist. She lacks selfconfidence, always treated like a child by her father and then by her husband. Mariana belongs to a sexist and violent society where Chilean bourgeois women are reduced to the task of raising children and tolerating their husbands. Mariana stars taking horse riding lessons and develops an awkward connection with Juan (70) a former colonel, who becomes her instructor, mentor and accomplice. He enables her to recover her sensuality and the confidence she lacked. One day a journalist appears, searching for the colonel in order to talk to him about the time he was the head of a torture center where hundreds of people died during the Pinochet dictatorship. Mariana’s husband immediately asks her to stop the lessons but she refuses and decides to stay close to the colonel until he goes to prison for life.  Smalltalk is a film about a woman, a silent victim of violence, who must learn how to assume it in order to overcome it. The film shows us what it means to live in a hostile and oppressive environment usually disguised as acceptance and comfort, not easy to abandon, since the price of emotional freedom can be so high that it might be unattainable.

Director’s statement: 

The line which separates good from evil maybe thinner than we believe. Smalltalk is the story of an unloved woman, a silent victim of psychological violence who slowly becomes aware of her condition and tries to find some comfort and tenderness in the least expected person, a former colonel who was involved in tortures during Pinochet’s dictatorship. I want to talk about love, hate, violence, forgiveness and hypocrisy. Forty years after Chilean coup d'état, the current situation of the country is rather alarming. Chileans are always divided about the political questions, and the country moves forward in a climate of underlying violence. Smalltalk, is a Chilean but also universal story. The idea that a man is not reduced to an act is central in this argument. We are all complex human beings looking for love and comprehension. Sometimes life tests us in such strange ways. People do not always understand our choices, and Mariana’s choice to stay next to the colonel is not only misunderstood, but also condemned.

Visual concept: 

This is a more narrative film than my previous El verano de los peces voladores. But as I did in that one, I want to explore atmospheres of tension and anxiety. I want to find external metaphorical images that speak about the inner feeling of the main character. The color palette will be sober and cold; the camera, handheld but stable, close to the characters and their point of view; the art will be sober and realistic to the places were María transits. Regarding sound, it will be closely related to the main character’s perception of her context, muted at some times, really defined at others.

Current Status of the project: 

In development, scriptwriting.

Shooting Date: 


Preview locations of shooting: 

Santiago, Metropolitan Region (Chile)

Director's main filmography: 
  • I love Pinochet,1999,
  • Opus Dei, 2003,
  • El Mocito, 2011,
  • El verano de los peces voladores, 2013.
Film exhibited in Toulouse: 

El verano de los peces voladores,

Cinéma en Construction, Prize in 2013.

Selected in:

  • La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes,
  • Toronto Festival  (category "Discovery"),
  • Biarritz Festival  (Prize of La Critique),
  • La Habana (Coral Prize)
Production company profile: 

Frio Invierno is a company born from the joint venture between Marcela Said and Augusto Matte, both producers of the film. Small Talk is it’s first project.