The Last Day of Winter (EL ÚLTIMO DÍA DE INVIERNO )

Director and Writer: Belén Ortega Valdés, Producer: Sylvana Bacigaluppo, Language: Spanish, Chile, 2018, 27′, Rights: World excluding Argentina and Chile

In 2016, Nicole Saavedra Bahamondes was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered for being a lesbian. The film evokes Nicole through the use of testimonies of her closest ones combined with images that portray absence felt in the places that influenced her.

In El Melón, a commune in the province of Quillota, violence is normalized to the point that murders occur without causing a great impact on the residents of the sector. Nicole a 23-year-old girl born and raised locally, experienced firsthand the fruit of hatred. She was kidnapped, tortured and brutally murdered on the outskirts of the area in what is believed to be an act of lesbophobia.

Festivals 
Documentary Short Film Selection – 19th edition of the Lebu International Film Festival (Chile, 2019).
Competition of Chilean Film Schools of the Women’s Film Festival FEMCINE 9 (Chile, 2019).
Chilean Panorama section selection of AMOR International LGBT + Film Festival (Chile, 2019).
Selection of the 17 Festival El Lugar sin Límites (Ecuador, 2019).
Documentary Short Film Competition Selection of the 7 UDLA Festoc (Chile, 2019). Award for the best documentary short film.
Selection section The colors of diversity of the 42 Havana Film Festival (Cuba, 2020).