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Chile, 2013, 87 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Latino, Romantic Comedy, Women
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Amalia, a young, unemployed Chilean woman, returns home to her bitter and domineering mother. The family maid has passed away leaving an orphaned nine-year-old son, Cristóbal. When his aunt refuses to take him in, Amalia finds the courage to defy her mother: she takes her late father’s truck and heads out into the country to help Cristóbal find his father. An elderly woman leads them to the father’s home, but he has vanished. Amalia and Cristóbal continue the search, and develop a special bond as they both struggle to connect with distant, emotionally damaged parents.

Premiering at the prestigious San Sebastian International Film Festival and going on to take a top award at Valdivia, Root is an assured debut feature from writer-director Matías Rojas Valencia. He seamlessly incorporates documentary elements to give a human face to the problematic issue of Chile’s impoverished indigenous people and draws impressive performances from actors and non-actors alike, achieving a powerful dramatic impact with a restrained style.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Matías Rojas Valencia
Producer: Gonzalo Rodríguez Varas, Gabriela Larraín, Matías Rojas Valencia
Editor: Matías Rojas Valencia
Screenwriter: Matías Rojas Valencia
Cinematographer: Gabriela Larraín
Music: José Pedro Dal Pozzo, Arturo Zegers, Protistas Band
Principal Cast: Mercedes Mujica, Elsa Poblete, Cristóbal Ruiz, Celia Uribe, Eugenio Morales
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Sueño Sureño

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