Premier Iberoamericana

  • Official Documentary

Chile/ Canada / 2016 / French and English with Spanish subtitles / 100

  • Director 

    Carlo Guillermo Proto

  • Producer: 

    Roxanne Sayegh Pablo Villegas Maria Paz Gonzalez Carlo Guillermo Proto

  • Photography: 

    Carlo Guillermo Proto

  • Cast: 

    Denis Harting, Lauviah Harting, Peggy Roux, Steve Kinniburgh, Donna Kinniburgh, Yelena Loginova, Guzel Souiargoulova, Phillippe Dall’ava



Peggy, Denis, and Lauviah are members of a blind family that is on the edge of implosion. A tragedy has left them with an open wound: Hassan, their youngest son, drowned in an accident when he was only six years old. However, thanks to the theories of the Russian mystic Grigori Grabovoi, this normally irreparable absence may have remedy through an unlikely process: resurrection. This complex and intimate portrait of a family completely alters our sense of normality and submerges us into an adventure so supernatural that life after death is offered as a real possibility. The father’s vehement need to recover his lost son prevents him from noticing the pressing emotional wants of his daughter and has undermined his relationships with his wife. This surprising documentary is always close to the pain and faith of its characters, presenting the various ways in which they deal with their old grief and take on a new painful loss: the imminent loss of the family unit.
This film received the Audience Award and Best Film awards at the Rencontres Documentaires de Montréal 2016.



Carlo Guillermo Proto

Carlo Guillermo Proto

Documentary filmmaker and founding partner of The Handshake Productions, a production house established in Montreal. He has directed the shorts Pura sangre (2005) and Peggy, Denis & Lauviah (2007), along with the feature El Huaso (2012). Resurrecting Hassan is his second feature documentary. It premiered as part of the IDFA Competition for First Appearance in 2016.