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The Grownups


  • Directed by: Maïte Alberdi
  • Duration: 82′
  • Produced by: Micromundo Producciones
  • Release date: November 15th 2017


Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrès form a gang of friends with Down Syndrome who have shared the benches of the same school for 40 years. But they yearn for another life. They just wish they could live a normal life: to be independent, to earn money, to be able to get married and start a family. In short, no longer be viewed as children at almost 50 years! But will the school of life allow them to realize their dreams?

Technical Summary

  • Original title: Los Niños
  • English title: The Grownups
  • Duration: 82'
  • Nationality: Chili, Netherlands, France
  • Year of Production: 2016
  • Director: Maïte Alberdi
  • Director of Photography: Pablo Valdés
  • Editors: Juan Edouardo Murillo, Menno Boerema
  • Original Music: Miguel Miranda, José Miguel Tobar
  • Executive Producer: Maïte Alberdi
  • Production Company: Micromundo Producciones
  • Co-producers: Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts, Sebastian Brahm
  • Co-production Companies: Voyla Films, Mandra Films
  • Financers: Audiovisual Fondo CAIA (Chile), CORFO (Chile), CNTV (Chile), IDFA Bertha Fund Europe, CNC, Tribeca, Sundance, Bertha UK, World View, Senal Colombia
  • Operating Visa: 146.922


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  • Public Prize Créteil Women's Film Festival
  • Best Director EDA Award IDFA
  • Zeno Moutain Award Miami Film Festival
  • Best documentary DocsBarcelona
  • Special Mention of the Jury Festival de Cine de Lima
  • Best Director International Documentary Film Festival
  • Cinelatino Festival
  • True / False Film Festival
  • Internacional Festival of Cine of Cartagena de Indias
  • Salem Film Fest
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Tempo Documentary Film Festival
  • FICG International Festival of Cine in Guadalajara
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • DokFest Munich
  • Doxa Canada
  • Visions of the Real


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