A film by Lorena Zilleruelo

Production: Les Films de L’Oeil Sauvage and Capicua Films

Documentary / 62 min / Chile-France / 2022

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English, French


David Bastian Matthew Jorquera Tapia

Festival P&A elements 




Official selections

Festival Cinélatino, Toulouse, France

Espacio Queer, Argentina – Best International Film Awards

Mix Milano Festival, Italy

Queer Lisboa 26 – International Queer Film Festival, Portugal

LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers, Germany

Seoul Human Rights Film Festival, South Korea

Seattle Queer Film Festival – Best Youth Film

Reel Affirmations Film Festival, Washington DC, USA

Festival de Cine de Gijón, Spain

Bari International Gender Festival, Italy

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, USA

Festival des Fiertés, Paris, France

Festival Désir…Désirs, Tours, France

Festival Face à Face, Saint Etienne, France

Ecrans Mixtes, Lyon, France

Chéries-Chéris, Paris, France

Face à Face, Saint-Étienne, France

Festival FICVALDIVIA, Chile

Festival Movilh, Chile

TLVFest – Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, Israel

Porn Film Festival Berlin, Germany

Outfest Fusion, Los Angeles, USA

San Diego Latino FF, USA

CINHOMO IFF, Valladolid, Spain

FIDBA – Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Festival Divergenti, Bologna, Italy

Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece

Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival, Norway

PORTO FEMME International Film Festival, Portugal

Zlin Film Festival, Czechia

Reel Out Charlotte, USA

Mix Festival, Mexico

Alt Film Festival, Mexico


Bastian, a young trans boy, has to face a very difficult time in life: adolescence. It becomes even harder when he has to put his best efforts into asserting his individuality. From age 12 to 18, Bastian is filmed by his dear cousin Lorena who catches every glimpse of intimacy and difficulties. We witness how social and economical obstacles can put at risk Bastian’s transition.

Bastian’s journey introduces us to a newly open-minded Chile, more tolerant thanks to Chile’s new generation.

Director’s statement

I want to question our relationship to gender, to norms, to the unconditional love we can give to a human being. Confronted with a process of transformation in my own family, I draw on my unique relationship with David in order to reach and understand his experience. What is at stake for him? Who was he before declaring his identity as a man? How does David’s story move and trouble us? I hope that my film contributes to a greater comprehension of what it means to be “trans” today.




3 March 2022