The 25th edition of Carthage Film Festival will take place from 29 November to 6 December 2014

Aspects of Chilean cinema

Chilean cinema today has a dynamic that places it at the height of Latin American cinema. In this retrospective, we offer the public a selection of movies representative of this step-forward experienced by Chilean cinema.

First and second productions will be favoured, but also four movies made during the years 2000 by internationally renowned filmmakers like Raoul Ruiz and Patricio Guzman. "Calle Santa Fe" the beautiful autobiographical documentary by Carmen Castillo seems essential in so far as it historicizes dictatorship through a first-person point of view and its aftermath in contemporary Chile. Twenty-four years later, this dark period in the country's history continues to be the historical background of a number of movies programmed in this section: "Tony Manero", "No" by Pablo Llarain and "Machuca" by Anders Wood. Directed by filmmakers who grew up under the military dictatorship, these films are emblematic of a significant trend in young Chilean cinema. If dictatorship is still a questionable part of the past, democracy that substituted it brought freedom as well as dictatorship of the market, with its share of injustice and exclusion. This assessment is shared by many young Chilean filmmakers, through an intimate and committed cinema now purged of the frontal activist stance.

Two films in this program echo the current overturn of Chilean society : a social comedy "Illusiones opticas" by Cristian Jimenez and "Huacho" by Fernandes Alejandro Almendras, an intimate chronicle of a peasant family facing new economic forces that undermine their lifestyle. "El verano de los Voladores Pesces" the beautiful and hypnotic first feature by Marcela Said questions in its own way the contradictions of a society that lives in its exclusion of minorities (Indian in the case of the film) through the initiatory story of a teenage girl faced with injustice, desire and death.

Movies with a scalpel and a small budget: "La Nana" by Sebastian Silva, a vitriolic portrait of a maid evolving in the middle-class, and "Sabado" by Matias Bize, a single sequence-shot story about the revenge of a betrayed wife, are margin movies that reach out by their radicalism and have earned their directors international recognition.


149 -   DIAS DE CAMPO de Raoul Ruiz - CHILI ( 2004 )

150 -   EL VERANO DE LOS PECES VOLADORES de Marcela Said - CHILI ( 2013 )

151 -   SECRETOS de Valeria Sarmiento - CHILI ( 2008 )

152 -   LA NANA de Sebastián Silva - CHILI ( 2009 )

153 -   HUACHO de Alejandro Fernández Almendras - CHILI ( 2009 )

154 -   SABADO, UNA PELICULA EN TIEMPO REAL de Matías Bize - CHILI ( 2003 )

155 -   MON AMI MACHUCA de Andrés Wood - CHILI ( 2004 )

156 -   ILUSIONES OPTICAS de Cristian Jimenez - CHILI ( 2009 )

157 -   NOSTALGIE DE LA LUMIERE de Patricio Guzmán - CHILI ( 2010 )

158 -   RUE SANTA FE de Carmen Castillo - CHILI ( 2007 )

159 -   TONY MANERO de Pablo Larrain - CHILI ( 2008 )

160 -   NO de Pablo Larrain - CHILI ( 2012 )

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