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Las niñas Quispe is a 2013 Chilean film written and directed by Sebastián Sepúlveda. It is based on the true story of the Quispe sisters and on Juan Radrigán's play "Las Brutas".[1][2]

The Quispe Girls
Las niñas Quispe
Directed bySebastian Sepulveda
Produced byJuan de Dios Larrain
Written byBased on "Las Brutas" by Juan Radrigan
Screenplay bySebastian Sepulveda
StarringDigna Quispe, Catalina Saavedra, Francisca Gavilán, Alfredo Castro, Segundo Araya
CinematographyInti Briones
Edited bySantiago Otheguy
Distributed byFábula, Swipe Films
Release date
2014 Iquique International Festival (National release), 2013 Venice Film Festival. (Worldwide release)
Running time
CountryChile, France, Argentina



The film is based on the story of sisters Justa, Lucía and Luciana Quispe, three goat-herders from the Chilean altiplano, the home of the indigenous Colla people.

In 1974, the altiplano (highlands) goat-herders were concerned their animals were losing economic value as rumours about the military government expanded and reached the more isolated corners of the country.

Affected by the recent loss of another of their sisters, and frightened by the news that the military had reached the area of Copiapo, Justa, Lucía and Luciana committed suicide by hanging themselves from a rock (along with their two dogs).

The film's suicide scene was performed on the same rock where the real incident occurred, and the role of Justa Quispe was played by her niece, Digna Quispe. Movie director and screenwriter Sebastián Sepúlveda says about his first encounter with Digna Quispe: "I was very afraid of Digna when I first met her. She don't shake hands, she "shake" just the fingers, and in a very cold way", later she would accept to take part of the project. Digna's harsh personality was considered a reflection of her life in the Altiplano, and her personality leave a mark on the film.[3]



Production companies
  • The movie was a Chilean, Argentinean and French production, involving Fabula, Dolce Vita Films and Cinema Uno.
Co - producers
  • Juan de Dios Larraín
  • Fernando Sokolowicz
  • Diego Urgoiti-Moinot
  • Pablo Larraín
Executive producer
  • Juan Ignacio Correa
Co-executive producer
  • Marc Irmer
Costume designer
  • Muriel Parra
Post producer
  • Cristian Echeverria
Line producer
  • Ruth Orellana
  • Santiago Otheguy
  • Inti Briones
Sound Department
  • Charles Bussienne as sound assistant: auditorium
  • Cyrille Lauwerier as sound re-recording mixer
  • Loïc Prian as sound editor
Other crew
  • Claire Viroulaud as French press officer

Release DatesEdit

  • Italy, 30 August 2013 (Venice Film Festival)
  • Greece, 5 November 2013 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • France, 19 March 2014, Festival de Toulouse
  • Chile, 11 September 2014 (Iquique International film Festival)
  • Brazil , 26 September 2014 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)

Also known as (AKA)Edit

  • France - "Les soeurs Quispe"
  • Greece - "Oi adelfes Quispe"
  • World-wide (English title) - The Quispe Girls



  • The film had a positive reception, though some criticized the awkwardness of integrating the inexperienced Digna Quispe with the rest of the crew. Digna, though brilliant, was illiterate and had no acting experience, with one reviewer saying her performance did not blend with those of Francisca Gavilán and Catalina Saavedra, the other two main characters.[4]
  • The Hollywood Reporter also gave a positive review, saying: "Sebastian Sepulveda's beautifully written, played and shot feature debut is as dark, pure and bleak as the lives of its subjects."[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Las niñas Quispe (2013) at IMDB Internet Movie Database retrieved on October 24, 2014
  3. ^ "A Digna yo le tenía mucho miedo cuando la conocí. Ella no da la mano, sino que da los dedos, y de una forma muy fría", Sebastián Sepúlveda, al recordar sus primeros encuentros con la sobrina de las Quispe, quien luego aceptó interpretar a su tía Justa. Digna se sumó así al equipo que integraban Catalina Saavedra y Francisca Gavilán en los roles de Lucía y Luciana, respectivamente., Francisca González Castillo, september 9, 2014, retrieved on October 29, 2014
  4. ^ Las niñas Quispe (ES) "Lo que complica la verosimilitud del trabajo de estas tremendas actrices es que la tercera hermana está interpretada por Digna Quispe, heredera de las míticas hermanas y una persona que en toda su corporalidad y expresión da cuenta de la relación que existe desde su origen con el mundo que la rodea y la define".CRÍTICAS & ESTUDIOS "Las niñas Quispe: el drama sin dolor" Cinechile, Enciclopedia del Cine Chileno / Santiago, Chile, Antonella Estevez, retrieved on October 28, 2014
  5. ^ The Hollywood reporter critic The hollywood reporter, Agoust 31, 2013 by Jonathan Holland

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