You Shall Not Sleep


International Premiere

Argentina, Spain, Uruguay | 106 MINUTES | Spanish | English subtitles


Horror, Thriller
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


Directed by Gustavo Hernandez

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.
Gustavo Hernandez
Pablo Bossi, Pol Bossi, Agustin Bossi, Guido Rud, Juan Ignacio Cucucovich, Maria Luisa Gutierrez, Cristina Zumarraga, Juan Pablo Buscarini
Juma Fodde
Guillermo Bill Nieto
Alfonso G, Aguilar
Pablo Zumarraga
Executive Producer
Pablo Bossi, Marta Esteban, Maria Luisa gitierrez, Cristina Zumarraga, Agustin Bossi, Pol Bossi, Guido Rud
Associate Producer
Fernando Abadi
Belen Rueda, Eva de Dominici, Natalia de Molina, German Palacios Eugenia, Tobal Juan Guilera


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Guido Rud
Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, 1414
Phone: +54 114 855 4393
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Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, 1414
Phone: +54 114 855 4393
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