• Genre(s): Drama
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Cast: Ninón del Castillo, Pascual Loayza, Nicolás Fernández, Juan Pablo Koria
  • Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia
  • Website: zonasurfilm.com
  • Press Kit
Nestled in the lush valley of La Paz, Bolivia, the upper-class suburb of Zona Sur has sheltered the country’s wealthy elite for many years. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled progeny and her Indigenous Aymaran butler. But all is not what it seems. As the mother fights with her oversexed son and clashes with her petulant daughter, her six-year-old son rambles the rooftops unnoticed. Decline hangs in the air, and the threat of aristocratic privileges changing hands signifies a new chapter of a prickly and ill-fated class war. Reflected in the rotating camera work ZONA SUR relates the story of the final days of an upper-class family, at a time when the country is undergoing massive social upheaval. The country has never before been seen from down under, from the Zona Sur.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL · 2010
WINNER · DIRECTING AWARD
WINNER · SCREENWRITING AWARD

BERLIN FILM FESTIVSAL · 2010
OFFICIAL SELECTION


GUADALAJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL · 2010
WINNER · BEST DIRECTOR · BEST ACTOR · BEST SCRIPT

[Screen International Review] "Southern District is a ravishing look at a bourgeois Bolivian family undergoing quiet emotional turmoil. Writer-director Juan Carlos Valdivia has shaped this domestic drama as a commentary on Bolivia’s decadent, crumbling upper class, but his themes are so accessible that Southern District’s ruminations on generational divides and the challenges of raising a family transcend geographic borders.”

[Hollywood Reporter Review] “Stylistically innovative ... The director has managed to get inside the very fabric of lives as they are unraveling.”
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