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Based on true events, Bestia explores the life of a secret police agent during the military dictatorship in Chile. Her relationship with her dog, her body, her fears and frustrations reveals a grim fracture of her mind and of the country.

Content warning: bestiality, violence

Based on the true events of a Chilean secret police agent, Bestia is a journey through political history that hauls us back to an even now fractured reality. Deep within the cracks of Ingrid Olderöck’s porcelain skin are the atrocities of human sin, swallowed by the weakened normalities of Hugo Covarrubias’ animated world. As we see her part in the story, aside from the brutality Ingrid has committed, there is an unsettling rupture of dispelled humanity. Ingrid is more than a stop-motion puppet, but a pawn of jurisdiction to the dictatorship that surrounds her. The intolerable lens of a sordid male gaze, hurtling towards her like the dull, silver head of a bullet. Covarrubias’ multi-faceted and award winning Bestia is scrupulous to its core; a piercing exploration of body, mind and dog that spans across past and present Chile with sinister beauty.

Heather Bradshaw 

Director's Filmography: La Noche Boca Arriba (2012), El Almohadón de Plumas (2007)


  • Director Hugo Covarrubias
  • Country Chile
  • Year 2021
  • Duration 16 min
  • Scottish Premiere


Bill Douglas Award 4: Clocking On (N/C 18+)

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