In director Josué Méndez’s stylishly composed second feature, Elisa—the soon-to-be-wife of a wealthy industrialist—is eager to shed her working-class background in favor of the opulence of her fiance’s elite lifestyle.
To her dismay, she soon realizes her hopes to slip into magazine-ready images of domestic splendor must also include her future stepchildren: Diego, who is hounded by his overbearing father and reluctantly preparing to enter the family business, and Andrea, Diego’s party-girl sister and the object of both his desire and disgust. As Elisa embraces her new life of lavish parties and beachfront estates, Diego and Andrea rebel against their upper-class upbringing, setting the stage for an ironic contrast of fate and ambition in this biting satire on upper-crust wealth and privilege.
“Backed by excellent performances and stylishly composed images…Mendez’s coolly scathing satire of Peru’s upper classes conveys the anguished hollowness beneath shallow spirituality and material extravagance.” – Museum of Modern Art
“Featuring beautiful cinematography by Mario Bassino, ‘Dioses’ is an intelligent slice-of-life portrait of the shallow, materialistic relationships among the Peruvian upper class, a socially conscious depiction of the vapid emptiness of connection they have with each other, themselves, and the real world.” – This Week In New York
‘Gods (Dioses)’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Spanish with English subtitles.