The Grown-Ups


2017 Season
New York

For almost their entire lives a group of forty-something classmates have grown up together and are reaching the age of 50 with varying degrees of frustration. Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrés feel that the school they attend for people with Down Syndrome is confining; they long for new challenges, greater independence, and more personal space. Director Maite Alberdi’s observational approach is warm and compassionate, allowing the characters to voice their innermost longings and aspirations. It also perfectly captures the tragic state of limbo in which they are stuck: mature enough to want the pressures and privileges of independent adulthood, yet emotionally and financially ill-equipped to pursue them alone—and ultimately failed by a system that treats them as homogeneously disabled rather than as individuals. Their engaging story is a mixture of heartache and humor, and hope for greater understanding of people with Down Syndrome, or anyone whose perceptions and abilities are different from “the norm.”

Maite Alberdi
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Maite Alberdi

Maite Alberdi was born in Chile. She holds degrees in Social Communication, Aesthetics and Film Direction from Universidad Católica. She directed the shorts LOS TRAPECISTAS (2005) and LAS PELUQUERAS (2007), both distinguished at prestigious festivals. Her first feature film THE LIFEGUARD (2011) was awarded at FIC Valdivia and also at FIC Guadalajara. It was followed by TEA TIME (2014), National Cinema Prize at the 2014 Santiago IFF (SANFIC). Her latest film THE GROWN-UPS (2016) screened at Cartagena IFF, True/False FF and IDFA, where it was awarded Best Female-Directed Film.

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