Sister & Sister


Never ending tropical summer, sisterhood and youth.

"Charming. A solid calling card for Zuniga....sheer magic.”

“Nothing less than magical…
 Latina Media

“A touching display of sisterly affections and dissimilarities.”
Film Inquiry

Film Threat

“Lovely sun-soaked coming-of-age drama [that] you will never forget.”
The Moveable Fest

"Enthralling. This tale of two sisters is tender, complicated and worthy of a large audience.”


Summer vacation. Two sisters, Marina (17) and Luna (14), travel from Costa Rica to Panama to look for their absent father. While dealing with frictions that arise between them, they find space to explore their desires, new friendships, lovers, and skateboarding, on a journey toward emancipation where they discover the joy of the simple act of hanging out. An intimate and tender tale of sisterhood in the urban tropics, with a deep portrayal of colorful teenage life.

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Director: Kattia G. Zúñiga
Genre: Teenage Drama - Sisterhood, Friendship, Self-awareness, GenZ, Skateboarding, Panama
Tags: Sisterhood, Friendship, Self-awareness, Gen Z, Skateboarding, Panama
Original title: LAS HIJAS
English title: SISTER & SISTER
Country of production: Panama, Chile
Year of production: 2023
Length: 80 min
Color: Color
Shooting format: HD/4K
Screening format: DCP 2K Flat
Original language: Spanish

Subtitles: English
Cast: Ariana Chaves Gavilán, Cala Rossel Campos, Gabriela Man, Fernando Bonilla, Joshua De León, Lía Jiménez, Michelle Quiñones, Angello Morales, Mir Rodríguez
Scriptwriter: Kattia G. Zúñiga
Director of photography: Alejo Crisóstomo, ACC
Production designer: Micaela Canales
Editor: Andrea Chignoli
Sound design: José Rommel Tuñon
Sound mixing: Rafael Chinchilla
Music: Michelle Blades
Producers: Alejo Crisóstomo, Kattia G. Zúñiga, Isabella Gálvez Peñafiel, Said Isaac
Production company: Ceibita Films, Mente Pública
Supported by: Panama Film Fund, Ceibita Films, Chilean Film Fund, Fundación IFF Panamá (Su Mirada, post production fund), Programa Ibermedia (development fund), Costa Rica International Film Festival (industry section, development fund)

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Festivals / Awards

SXSW, USA - World Premiere
Festival de Málaga, Spain - Best Latin American Film Award
Cinélatino - Rencontres de Toulouse, France
Seattle International Film Festival, USA
Festival de cine panameño, France
FICG, Mexico
Costa Rica International Film Festival, Costa Rica
Art Film Fest, Slovakia
Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan
Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
Festival de cine de Lima, Peru
Santiago International Film Festival, Chile - Best Film, Best Actress (Ariana Chaves Gavilán), Best Cinematography
World Cinema Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, Canada
AFI Latin American Film Festival, USA
Panoramica - Stockholm Latin American Film Festival, Sweden
Portland Latin American Film Festival, USA
B3 Biennale, Germany
Cinecitta International Film Festival Tilburg, Netherlands
Juniorfest, Czech Republic
exground filmfest, Germany
Miradas Medellín Film and Audiovisual Arts Festival, Colombia
FIM – Women's International Film Festival, Brazil
Icaro, Guatemala - Best Photography, Best Costume Design, Special Mention for Direction
Latin American Film Festival, Portugal
Chennai International Film Festival, India
Pune International Film Festival, India
Ibero American Film Festival Miami, USA
Latur International Film Festival, India
BUFF Filmfestival, Sweden
Festival internacional de cine Panamá, Panama
Reel 2 Real International Film Festival, Canada - Adult Jury Award for Best Film
Chicago Latino Film Festival, USA
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival, Norway
Filmfestival MOOOV, Belgium


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