Set in Lima, Peru, Dark Heaven charts the intense and unpredictable romance between Toño (Lucho Cáceres), a middle-aged tailor who is separated from his wife, and Natalia (Sofia Humala), a young drama student who commissions him to make costumes for her graduation play.
What begins as an honest and hopeful romance takes a dark turn when one of Natalia’s old boyfriends reappears out of the blue to join her theatre group. A spiral of jealousy and distrust ensues, and Toño can no longer find a moment’s peace. His business begins to suffer as he finds himself on a path of destruction from which there is no turning back.
Loosely based on Claude Chabrol’s 1994 film L’enfer, Peruvian critic Joel Calero’s moving debut, Dark Heaven, offers the viewer a bona-fide window into daily life in Lima. Lucho Cáceres delivers an exceptional performance as Toño, with an inimitable screen presence that permeates every scene.
Not screening in Byron Bay.