Directed by Gustavo Hernandez
FEATURE NARRATIVE 106 Minutes International Premiere
For Bianca, performing on stage provides escape from a tortured home life, one where her father’s mental illness leads to a daily cycle of pain. Unexpectedly, the upstart actress is presented with an exciting new opportunity: to move into an old psychiatric hospital and take part in a play led by a doctor who specializes in a radical form of sleep deprivation, pushing the actors to their limits by testing their resolve. But the longer Bianca goes without sleep, the more dangerous her situation gets. She begins to suffer from nightmarish hallucinations—and to suspect that both the doctor and the hospital itself have sinister plans that go beyond mere on-stage entertainment.

In 2010, Uruguayan director Gustavo Hernández’s ambitious single-take horror film La Casa Muda (The Silent House) made a splash within the international genre community. Now, with You Shall Not Sleep, he delivers a grandiose supernatural chiller that looks and feels like a big, James Wan-esque Hollywood production. With a fresh mythology and creepy, dreamlike sequences that echo A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hernández’s latest has everything sophisticated horror fans crave: narrative audacity, strong character work, and, most importantly, brain-searing imagery.

—Matt Barone
Horror, Thriller
About the Director(s)
Gustavo Hernández graduated from the Film School of Uruguay and worked for years as a director with major international production companies. In 2010, he directed his first feature film, La Casa Muda, a one-shot horror film that was selected by the Cannes, Sitges, and Havana film festivals.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Cinematographer:
    Guillermo Bill Nieto
  • Cast:
    Belen Rueda, Eva de Dominici, Natalia de Molina, German Palacios Eugenia, Tobal Juan Guilera
  • Executive Producer:
    Pablo Bossi, Marta Esteban, Maria Luisa gitierrez, Cristina Zumarraga, Agustin Bossi, Pol Bossi, Guido Rud
  • Producer:
    Pablo Bossi, Pol Bossi, Agustin Bossi, Guido Rud, Juan Ignacio Cucucovich, Maria Luisa Gutierrez, Cristina Zumarraga, Juan Pablo Buscarini
  • Composer:
    Alfonso G, Aguilar
  • Associate Producer:
    Fernando Abadi
  • Screenwriter:
    Juma Fodde
  • Editor:
    Pablo Zumarraga
  • Director:
    Gustavo Hernandez