New York City’s prestigious Film Forum has announced the U.S. theatrical premiere of Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s documentary film LOS REYES, beginning Wednesday, August 14 by the hand of distributor Grasshopper Film. Starring two unforgettable dogs, Los Reyes is an original, entertaining documentary of friendship, both human and canine.
In Santiago, Chile, Chola and Football are two homeless dogs – who aren’t homeless at all. Scrappy, adorable mutts, they live in Los Reyes, the city’s oldest skateboard park, kept company by dozens of teenage boys who are constantly in motion. (Surely the film’s title also refers to the dogs, truly kings of their quirky world.)
One dog constantly schleps around a deflated football (or golf ball or empty soda bottle); the other romps alongside him day and night. The voices of the young skaters, set against the noises of the city, form a soundscape: bragging, complaining, joking, sharing the daily vicissitudes of working-class kids. One day, two dog houses miraculously appear in the park -- just in time to provide shelter for the coming winter. Winner of the G and acclaimed as a “doggone low-key crowdpleaser… high on atmosphere and unassuming charm.” (Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter), Los Reyes is touching film about the mysteries and joys of friendship: 4-legged on the ground and 2-legged on wheels.