The Passion of Michelangelo

The Passion of Michelangelo  {La Pasión de Michelangelo}
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The Passion of Michelangelo
La Pasión de Michelangelo
Chile, 2012, 99 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France
North American Premiere
Topics: Latino, Political, Religion
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

In 1983, as Chilean demonstrations against Pinochet’s military regime gathered strength, the government seized upon the strange story of 14-year-old street teen Miguel Angel as a means of diverting attention from the public’s growing discontent. In Peñablanca, not far from Valparaíso, the charismatic Angel swore he could see the Virgin Mary at the top of a local hill and, with the government doing all it could to promote this “miracle”, hundreds of thousands of people made the pilgrimage to the “holy” spot. Soon Angel had attained rock-star status — with all the perks the term implies — until, inevitably, he fell fast and hard…

Shot on 16mm film for a documentary feel, the film follow the investigation of an increasingly skeptical priest into this affair. Both a cultural critique of what director Esteban Larraín sees as Chile’s need for affirmation in the face of a collective inferiority complex and a succinct illustration of Juvenal’s “bread and circuses” concept of governmental appeasement, Larraín’s political drama speaks volumes about how the Pinochet years deeply scarred a nation’s already fragile psyche.

Director Esteban Larrain expected to attend both screenings

DIRECTOR: Esteban Larrain
Producer: Oliver Röpke, Esteban Larrain, Andre Logie, Gaetan David, Marcelo Cespedes
Editor: Felipe Guerrero, Soledad Salfate
Screenwriter: Esteban Larrain
Cinematographer: Tevo Diaz
Music: Ricardo Santander
Principal Cast: Sebastián Ayala, Claudia Celedón, Patricio Contreras, Roberto Farías, Catalina Saavedra, Alejandro Sieveking
Filmography: Alicia in the Land (2008), El velo de Berta (2005), Patio 29: Historias de silencio (2000), Ralco (1999)
Print Source: Films Boutique - www.filmsboutique.com


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