The Summer of Flying Fish

by Marcela Said


Manena is a very determined teenager, and the darling daughter of Pancho, a rich Chilean landowner who devotes his vacations to a single obsession: the extermination of carp fish that invade his artificial lagoon.

As he resorts to more and more extreme methods, Manena experiences her first love, deception; and discovers a world that silently co-exists alongside her own: that of the Mapuche Indian workers who claim access to these lands… and who stand up to her father.


Chile/France  2013  87mn  2.39:1  5.1  Spanish  1st Feature Film

Written by

Marcela Said, Julio Rojas

Original title

El Verano de los Peces Voladores

Produced by

Bruno Bettati (Jirafa films)

Tom Dercourt & Sophie Erbs (Cinema Defacto)


Francisca Walker (Manena), Gregory Cohen (Pancho), Roberto Cayuqueo (Pedro), Guillermo Lorca (Lorca)

Festivals and Awards

  • Directors’Fortnight – Cannes 2013 – World Premiere
  • Muenchen Film Festival 2013 – Competition
  • New Horizons – Wroclaw, Poland – Panorama Section
  • Lima Film Festival – Peru – Competition
  • Toronto Official Selection – Canada – Discovery
  • Adana, Turkey – World Cinema
  • Haifa, Israel – Competition
  • Salé Women, Morocco – Competition
  • Vancouver, Canada – World Cinema
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil – New Filmmakers – Competition
  • Arte film Week – Lebanon – Official Selection
  • Biarritz, France – Competition – Critics’ Award
  • Dominican Republic – Competition
  • Filmar en America Latin – Switzerland – World Cinema
  • L’Orquidea, Cuenca Ecuador- World Cinema – Best filmmaker
  • Gijon, Spain – Competition
  • Goa, India – World Cinema
  • Mar Del Plata, Argentina – World Cinema
  • Havana, Cuba – World Cinema- Third Award for Best First feature
  • Palm Springs, USA – Competition
  • Glasgow, UK – World Cinema
  • Miami, USA – World Cinema
  • Festival International du Film d’Amour de Mons – Belgium – World Cinema
  • Panama– Competition
  • ARCALT Toulouse CinéLatino – France – Opening film
  • Cinema Planeta – Intl Environemental FF in Cuernavaca – Mexico- World Cinema
  • Cinemateca de Catalunya – Spain
  • Mostra de Catalunya Lleida – Spain
  • Fundación SGAE – Spain
  • CineLatino – Bergamo – Italy
  • Spanish Film Festival – Australia
  • River Run FF, USA – Best Director & Best Cinematography


Press quotes

“An impressive move into feature drama with the evocative and atmospheric [first feature]”  Screen International, Mark Adams “a refined, politically conscious film by a female director” Variety, Peter Debruge

“A bourgeois Chilean family spend summer at their lakeside estate in this atmospheric drama… Marcela Said’s film is full of arresting images of Chilean nature [while] the story is shot through with class and racial friction…”—Hollywood Reporter