Costa Rica / Spain, 2019

Dir .: Antonella Sudasassi Furniss


Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English


Isabel is a good mother, a good wife, a good daughter-in-law. When her in-laws put pressure on her to have another child, “a son”, a series of revelations lead her to face herself, her environment, and her family.


In a town in Costa Rica, Isabel (30), spends her days taking care of the house, her daughters and her husband. This is what she was taught and how she raises her daughters. In her spare time she sews to provide for the family. She has a hideout — the only messy place in the house — where she doesn’t have to tend to anything but her imagination. The monotony, the heat, her long hair, the insects that invade even the most intimate spaces, and the pressure of her family all begin to twist in her imagination. She has always done what others expect of her and now she must decide whether or not to face her family.


Antonella Sudasassi (San José, Costa Rica, 1986) holds a degree in Communication from UCR. During her professional development she showed an inclination for the visual arts. In 2015 she started her project The Awakening of the Ants, which seeks to explore sexuality throughout the stages in woman’s life. In 2016 she premiered the project’s short film, Childhood (Best Central American Short Film, Icarus Festival, 2018) and in 2019 premiered her fictional feature film The Awakening of the Ants at the Forum (Berlinale).



Costa Rica International Film Festival:

 Best Film


Berlinale Festival:

Nomination for best debut feature


Goya Awards

Nomination for Best Ibero-American Film


Malaga Festival:

Nomination for Best Ibero-American Film – Golden Biznaga


Platino Awards 2020:

Best Debut Film Award and Award for Film and Education Values


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