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Original name:Tótem
English name: Tótem
Year: 2023
Run time: 95 Min
Language: Spanish
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Mexico, Denmark, France
Director: Lila Avilés
Producer: Tatiana Graullera, Lila Avilés, Louise Riousse
Cast: Naíma Sentíes, Monserrat Marañon, Marisol Gasé, Saori Gurza, Teresita Sánchez, Mateo García Elizondo, Juan Francisco Maldonado, Iazua Larios, Alberto Amador
Screenplay: Lila Avilés
Cinematographer: Diego Tenorio
Editor: Omar Guzmán
Sound Designer: Guido Berenblum
Music Composer: Thomas Becka
Production Company: Limerencia Films, Laterna Film
World Sales: Alpha Violet


  • Berlinale 2023
  • BFI London 2023
  • Telluride IFF 2023
  • Hong Kong IFF 2023
  • Melbourne IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 The Chambermaid

Director's Biography:

Lila Avilés

The Mexican director, screenwriter and producer founded the Limerencia Films production company in 2018. In the same year, she made her debut feature film The Chambermaid which screened at over 50 international festivals, won numerous awards and was selected as Mexico’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar. She has also been a jury member at the international film festivals in San Sebastián, Morelia and Lima.


Seven-year-old Sol spends the day at her grandfather’s home, helping with the preparations for a surprise party for her father. Throughout the day, chaos slowly takes over, fracturing the family’s foundations. Sol will embrace the essence of letting go as a release for existence.