Forgotten Roads

La nave del olvido

Director: Nicol Ruiz Benavides
2020 | Chile | 71m
GENRE: Aging/Elders | Drama | Latinx | Lesbian | Romance
SECTION: World Cinema
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with writer and director Nicol Ruiz Benavides, actor Rosa Ramirez Rios, actor Romana Satt, director of photography Victor Rojas, and producer Catalina Fontecilla.


Bereft on an isolated turkey farm after her husband’s death, 70-year-old Claudina—meek, repressed and adrift—moves into town to live with her daughter and grandson. Despite her strained relationship with her daughter, Claudina experiences an unexpected spark of life when she befriends the dynamic and independent married woman next door, Elsa, who seems to travel paths and make choices Claudina never had the chance to make. But in the gossipy Chilean town of Lautaro, their budding relationship doesn’t stay a secret for long. Just as Claudina sees love’s horizons expanding, she may be forced to choose between the traditional role she understands and the open road ahead of her.

Anchored by a soulful performance by Rosa Ramírez Ríos as Claudina, Forgotten Roads is a tender and constantly surprising journey. Writer-director Nicol Ruiz Benavides adds delightfully offbeat touches—the underground club called “The Future,” where Claudina discovers the town’s hidden community of renegades and misfits; the strange UFO sightings the region is reporting—to weave a delicate, refreshing “coming-of-(older)-age” story brimming with sweetness and vitality.


Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 6:30pm Tuesday, September 22 followed by the Q&A.

Bank of America, N.A.

Roxie Theater, Cine+Mas SF, Consulate General of Chile in San Francisco

  • Language: In Spanish with English subtitles
  • Premiere Status: World