Back to Stay

by Milagros Mumenthaler

Back to Stay


Buenos Aires at the end of summer. Marina, Sofia and Violeta are alone in the family home after their grandmother, who had brought them up, has died. They have to come to terms with her death, each in her own way. Marina concentrates on her studies while looking after the household, whereas Sofia becomes obsessed by her appearance and goes out with friends. As for Violeta, she wanders around between bedroom and sitting room where, from time to time, she receives an older man. Discord, laughter, meanness, gestures of affection determine the rhythm of this period of uncertainty, until one day in autumn Violeta disappears without warning.


Milagros Mumenthaler was born in Argentina, in 1977. She left the country very soon to Switzerland, were she was grown. Years later she returned to Buenos Aires, to study cinema.
She has directed four short films, selected and awarded in very many international film festivals. Abrir puertas y ventanas is her first feature length film. The script was developed at the Cinéfondation, the residence of Cannes Film Festival.

2011: Abrir puertas y ventanas (feature)
2005: Amancay (short)
2003: El Patio (short)
2003: Cape Cod (short)
2000: ¿A que hora llega papá? (short)


María Canale
Martina Juncadella
Ailín Salas
Julián Tello


Cinematography:  Martin Frias
Producer: Violeta Bava, David Epiney, Rosa Martínez Rivera, Eugenia Mumenthaler
Henri Maïkoff
Editing: Gion-Reto Killias
Production designer: Sebastián Orgambide
Camera: Gabriel Sandru
Unit productio Manager:
Dan Wechsler

Location Manager: Camila Fanego
1st director’s assistant:
Nicolás Lidijover
Costumes designer:
Françoise Nicolet
Make up and Hair:
Katrine Zingg
Gaffer: Federico Martini
Grip: Blaise Bauquis
Sound Editing: Diego Martínez
Sound Mix:
Benoît Biral, Etienne Curchod

With support of OFC, INCAA, DIP, Ville de Genève, Hubert Bals Fund, Fonds Regio films, Suissimage

Technical Data

Format: 35mm / 1:1.85 / Color / Dolby Digital
Length: 98 Min.
Original Language: Spanish

Original Title: Abrir Puertas Y Ventanas


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