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Films From Chile

“One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.” - Variety ... United through a shared passion for the written word, college students Julio, an inveterate liar, and Emilia, a punky rebel, embark on an incandescent, unsustainable love affair ... Read more
Julian Benedikt's third documentary to be screened at MIFF; this exhaustively researched film traces the life of Chico Hamilton from the early years performing with his school buddies Dexter Gordon and Charles Mingus, through the orchestras of Count Basie and Duke Ellington to his time with the ... Read more
"Life can be comic, can be sexy, can be everything at the same time. So I will make a picture, but I will not say what you need to feel. You will feel whatever you're feeling." - Alejandro Jodorowsky ... After a 23-year filmmaking hiatus, Alejandro Jodorowsky returns with this audacious, highly ... Read more
Following more than three decades in exile, acclaimed Chilean auteur Raul Ruiz returns to his homeland to bring cinema audiences [Dias de Campo]. This film was inspired by two stories from Chilean novelist Frederico Gana, as indeed it was by the life of the novelist himself. ... Set in a bar in ... Read more
"Sebastián Lelio's enormously satisfying spell inside the head and heart of a middle-aged woman never puts a foot wrong." - Hollywood Reporter ... Santiago divorcée and 58-year-old mother of grown children Gloria decides she will not slide into old age quietly. Hitting the senior ... Read more
The two episodes of a TV series show Pablo Neruda, Chile's Nobel Prize winning poet, visiting the South, where be spent his childhood, and Valparaiso, where he hid after escaping from a prison sentence for his political activities. ... Throughout, Neruda recites his own poems which i elate to the ... Read more
Sitting in her bathroom in a new country, Maria takes a pregnancy test. While she waits for the results, she remembers the violence and exile she escaped when she left Argentina. Won the Silver Bear at Berlin. ... Read more
Well known for his landmark Battle of Chile trilogy, which received considerable international exposure and press coverage during the 1970's, Patncio Guzman returned to his native country m 1986 to shoot this documentary dealing with the role of the Roman Catholic Church in Chile during the years ... Read more
Santiago, Chile, 1973. A reserved boy from an upper-middle-class family, Gonzalo is warily edging towards adolescence. But his ordinary hardships, joys and rites of passage are charged with inordinate tension. The country drifts towards civil war as Gonzalo's own family life - tempered by political ... Read more
"Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable ways people can get on one another's nerves, this psychological thriller takes its premise to surprising, darkly comic extremes." – Variety ... When Alicia (Juno Temple, from Killer Joe, MIFF ... Read more
Filmmaker Sebastián Silva injects a simultaneously menacing and humourous undertone to this tale of a long-serving - and borderline psychotic - maid. ... Raquel has worked in service to the Valdes family for 23 years; to help ease her workload they hire extra help - although this only needles ... Read more
“An absorbing account of one country's unlikely route from oppression to democracy.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Revolving around Chile's 1988 referendum on the Pinochet regime, this brilliant behind-the-scenes drama tracks with engaging detail the unfolding of a political marketing campaign that ... Read more
An extraordinary viewing experience that has to be seen on the big screen. ... With this film, set in one of the driest place in the world - Chile's Atacam desert - filmmaker Patricio Guzmán uses the desertscape and the skies above it for a meditation on space, time, history and politics. ... Read more
"Sebastián Silva has emerged as one of cinema's greatest young talents." - indieWIRE ... The follow-up to Silva's Sundance prize winner The Maid (MIFF 2009), Old Cats cracks open the toxic dynamics of a mother/daughter relationship to both comic and tragic effect. ... Isadora (92-year-old Bélgica ... Read more
"A radioactive atmosphere of pure, nauseous evil." - Guardian ... Fans of filmmaker Pablo Larraín's Tony Manero (MIFF 2009) will appreciate his even more unnerving follow-up, set against the backdrop of Chile's murderous 1973 military coup. ... In an oppressive national atmosphere where people ... Read more
La Sagrada Familia is a wonderful example of the fresh new cinema emerging from Chile. It captures the intricacies of a family's emotionally charged interactions with rare perspicacity but also with the intimacy of a home video made by the family itself. A traditional, well-to-do Chilean family's ... Read more
The great physical and cultural distances between people living in the province of Tarapaca in Chile are diminished by the introduction of radio telephone services. ... Read more
... ... During the last years of the Pinochet regime m Chile, a mathematics teacher, Ramiro Orellana (Patricio Contreras) is banished to the backward, rain-soaked island La Frontera It is a rough, desolate land bearing the imprint of natural catastrophes, it is the bottom of Ameri­ca, the end ... Read more
One of Chile's most notorious crimes provides the subject matter for The Jackal of Nahueltoro. ... When Jose del Carmen Valenzuela, an illiterate peasant, killed a woman and her five children, the press nicknamed him "Jackal of Nahueltoro". ... Valenzuela was apprehended, judged and sentenced to ... Read more
In the port of Valparaiso, an old and sick marine, Don Arnaldo, lives in self-imposed exile with his son, Fatty. From his bed, he can see and control every movement in the apartment by using mirrors hung on the walls of his room. ... His son, more submissive than obedient, desperately wants his ... Read more
“A magnificently deranged study of overboard pop-culture fandom.” - Slant Magazine ... Set during Chile's darkest days under the Pinochet regime, Tony Manero follows a Saturday Night Fever-crazed loner, whose life ambition is to emulate John Travolta's disco character. His pathological quest to ... Read more
A juxtaposition of scenes in the lives of the well-to-do and the poor in Chile, culminating in an expression of hope for the future. ... Read more
“The intense, remarkable life of Chilean singer-songwriter Violeta Parra is explored with sensitivity and exquisite lightness of touch in Andres Wood's Violeta Went to Heaven." - Variety ... In the mid-60s Violeta Parra was the Edith Piaf of Chile: a beloved singer and visual artist who became a ... Read more
A civilization under threat, clinging to tradition. ... In southern Chile, unnoticed by the rest of the world for centuries, a remote community of people exist who call themselves Mapuche-Pehuenche - The People of the Pine Nut. The pine nut is the fruit of the Araucaria tree, the basis of their ... Read more
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