Nona, If They Soak Me I'll Burn Them

(Nona, si me mojan yo los quemo)
Camila José Donoso | Fiction, Drama, Experimental

2019 | 86 minutes | Chile, Brazil, France, Korea (South)

A former member of the anti-Pinochet resistance in Chile – and expert at making petrol bombs – unsettles her new neighbours.


After an act of vengeance on the home of her ex-lover, Nona, 66, flees to her summer house on the Chilean coast. There, forest fires are spreading, but her home is undamaged. While houses go up in flames, Nona displays different sides of her character: the grandmother, the friend, the anarchist… Mischief, satire, and personal memoir mix with a weird little shiver of fear in this quasi-autobiographical piece by Chilean artist and filmmaker Camila José Donoso, who uses a combination of digital video and Super 8. The film stars her grandmother, Josefina Ramírez, playing herself, or a version of herself – the “Nona” of the title.


"A sly and subversive film." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"As much an allegory of contemporary Chile as it is a deeply personal character study." - Film at Lincoln Center

"Mischief, satire and personal memoir mix with a weird little shiver of fear in this quasi-autobiographical piece by Chilean artist and film-maker Camila José Donoso." - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Main credits

Donoso, Camila José (film director)
Donoso, Camila José (screenwriter)
Romero, Rocío (film producer)
Ramírez, Josefina (actor)
Reyes, Gigi (actor)
Moscovis, Eduardo (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Matías Illanes; editing, Karen Akerman, Camila José Donoso.

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Rotterdam International Film Festival; Göteborg International Film Festival; Jeonju International Film Festival; FICValdivia

DIRECTOR: Camila José Donoso

NATIONALITY: Chile, Brazil, France, Korea (South)

YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Fiction, Drama, Experimental


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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