«A documentary that looks like a narrative film because it’s shot so beautifully, Spanish filmmaker Adrián Silvestre’s gorgeous second feature follows six trans women on a road trip in the Spanish countryside. The women range in age and experience, from students to retired sex workers, and the intergenerational rapport leads to fascinating conversations that are as hilarious as they are incisive. Led by the subjects, Silvestre includes a fair bit of nudity in the film, an provocative choice that leads to a joyous reclamation of the trans body onscreen. Lensed beautifully and with a compelling cast, the docudrama is an evocative leap forward for trans storytelling».
Jude Dry, INDIEWIRE
«Sedimentos portrays the daily lives of six people who are only trying to be themselves, with no strings attached, free from clichés. In this way, the film establishes itself as a magnificent vehicle for delving deeper into the reality of people who have been bravely going against the grain to lead the lives they want to lead, fighting against mindsets and social prejudice: they belong to three different generations and to different social classes, and while their past may not always have been easy, they are united by a sense of camaraderie which is able to prevail over any conflict that may bubble up to the surface during these days spent living side by side. This is what Silvestre – with immense affection, respect and spontaneity – shows in Sedimentos: without a doubt one of the season’s most interesting non-fiction films».
Alfonso Rivera, CINEUROPA
«Their interactions are the real joy of the film, providing the uncomplicated pleasures of following six loveable characters as they interact and get to know one another, whether they’re debating the concept of gender as a whole and the difficulties of getting the surgeries they require or just getting high and playing “Never Have I Ever”, a sequence I’d happily have watched unedited. It’s so refreshing to see a film about trans characters that has so little time for trauma, seeing its subjects as real, funny and vibrant people and not vessels for society’s collective guilt. They may discuss the injuries of the past, but the film never gives us a reason to shield our eyes, remaining celebratory throughout without becoming overly positivistic or condescending for a second».
Hal Kitchen, 25YL
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
24th MALAGA FF. Official Documentary Competition.
69th SAN SEBASTIAN FF. Made in Spain.
65th BFI LONDON FF. Official Selection. Journey.
23rd THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FF. Newcomers Competition. SPECIAL JURY AWARD.
26e CINESPAÑA TOULOUSE. Compétition Documentaires. MEILLEUR DOCUMENTAIRE.
20 CINEHORIZONTES MARSEILLE. Compétition Documentaires. MEILLEUR DOCUMENTAIRE.
66 SEMINCI. Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid. Castilla y León en largo. ESPIGA ARCO IRIS.
26. LESGAICINEMAD. Sección Oficial Documental. MEJOR PELÍCULA. MEJOR DIRECCIÓN. PREMIO DEL PÚBLICO.
OUTFEST LOS ANGELES FF. Official Documentary Competition. GRAND JURY SPECIAL MENTION.
NEWFEST. LGBTQ+ Film and Media | New York. Official Documentary Competition.
BARCELONA FIRE! Official Documentary Competition. AUDIENCE AWARD.
MIX COPENHAGUEN. Official Documentary Competition. BEST DOCUMENTARY.
25th QUEER LISBOA. Official Documentary Competition. JURY SPECIAL MENTION.
19th GENDER BENDER (Bologna). Official Documentary Competition. YOUNG CRITIC AWARD.
OSLO FUSIÓN. Official Documentary Competition. JURY HONOURABLE MENTION.
16 TLV FEST. Sección Oficial Documental. BEST DOCUMENTARY.
23 ABYCINE. Cine Independiente. Talentos Abycine Lanza.
MOSTRA DE VALENCIA. Cinema del Mediterrani. Special Screenings.
CATALAN FILM FESTIVAL. CINEMAATTIC. EDINBURGH/GLASGOW. Official Documentary Competition.
MIX BRASIL. Panorama internacional.
27e CHÉRIES-CHÉRIS PARIS. Panorama documentaires.
CINEMAMED. FESTIVAL CINÉMA MEDITERRANÉEN DE BRUXELLES. Panorama documentaires.
CUÓRUM MORELIA. MÉXICO. Sección Oficial Documental.
TRANSITION INTERNATIONAL QUEER & MINORITIES FF. VIENA. Official Documentary Competition.
24. FANCINEGAY. EXTREMADURA. Sección Oficial Documental.
DAMN THESE HEELS FF (UTAH). Official Documentary Competition.
FLIP THE SCRIPT. MINNESSOTA. Official Documentary Competition.
QFLIX PHILADELPHIA. Official Documentary Competition.
ZINENTIENDO. ZARAGOZA. Panorama.
24th PINK APPLE ZURICH. Official Documentary Competition.
VANCOUVER QUEER FF. Official Documentary Competition.
35th MIX MILANO. Official Documentary Competition.
14th LUST*STREIFEN FILM FESTIVAL BASEL. Official Competition.
Like the Earth, our interior is formed by different strata, which forge our identity and tell our life story. What circumstances intervene in this process and make us become who we are today?
Six trans women travel to a small town in León where they will explore unusual landscapes, as well as the ins and outs of their own personalities. Looking for answers about what connects them as a group, they will learn to deal with their differences.
Sediments is an engaging and fun story about empathy, individuality and the need to belong. It is the present radiography of a collective, which looks into the past and projects itself into the future, celebrating the extraordinary possibility of being unique and unrepeatable.
Type: Documentary – Feature Film
Runtime: 89 ‘
Original version: Spanish
Subtitled versions: English, German, French, Italian
Format: Colour, 2:35:1, Dolby Digital
CAST AND CREW
Main Cast: Magdalena Brasas, Alicia de Benito, Cristina Millán, Tina Recio, Saya Solana, Yolanda Terol
Producers: Adrián Silvestre (ADRIAN SILVESTRE FILMS) / Javier Pérez Santana (TESTAMENTO)
Distribution: Begin Agin Films
International Festivals: The Film Collaborative
International Sales: Begin Agin Films