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Spotlight on Chile

Since its inception, it’s been a tradition of the Cine Latino Showcase to highlight a particular theme or country. This year, it is a Spotlight on Chilean Cinema – made possible by the support of the Chilean Foreign Affairs Ministry and its Cultural Affairs Department (DIRAC) headed by Emilio Lamarca and Alejandra Cillero, as well as the Chilean Embassy in Washington, Lydia Bendersky, Cultural Attaché.

Chilean Cinema dates back to the silent era. The classic El Husar de La Muerte (1926) was shown recently in a remarkable restoration at the London Film Festival. With the coming of sound, what followed were isolated works by independent filmmakers and efforts to link up with Argentine cinema. The period of the 60s with Social Democracy, and then Popular Unity government in the 70s under Salvador Allende, brings onto the scene a genuine and vibrant film movement of “New Chilean Cinema.” Works such as Tres Tristes Tigres (1968) by Raul Ruiz, Valparaiso Mi Amor (1969) by Aldo Francia, El Chacal de Nahueltoro (1970) and Actas de Marusia (1975) by Miguel Littin, Julio Comienza en Julio (1979) by Silvio Caiozzi typify this period.

With the fall of Allende in 1973, the period of Exile begins and such works as the monumental trilogy La Batalla de Chile by Patricio Guzman, a most passionate and militant chronicle of the events leading to the fascist coup of 1973, Imagen Latente (1983) by Pablo Perelman, La Luna en el Espejo (1990) by Silvio Caiozzi, La Frontera (1991) by Pablo Larrain, and Amnesia (1994) by Gonzalo Justiniano. Today, Chilean Cinema shows signs of a semi-industry; the range of films from the commercial to the post modern is impressive. Suffice it to recall recent international successes such as Taxi Para Tres (2001) by Orlando Lubbert, B-Happy (2003) by Gonzalo Justiniano, last year’s Chilean Oscar entry and most accomplished Machuca (2004) by Andres Wood – who so movingly recalls in fiction the trauma of the Allende period.


In Bed   

In Bed
Chile, 2005, 86 min.
A sexy two-hander set in a motel room in Santiago de Chile. The director displays an intelligence and understanding of the fragility of sexual relationships that belies his youth. Daniela and Bruno meet at a party, end up in bed, and slowly reveal themselves to one another over the course of one nig... more



The Last Moon   

The Last Moon
Chile, 2005, 106 min.
Miguel Littin, a descendant of Palestinian Christian immigrants to Chile, tells the dynamic story of two friends, the Jew Jacob and the Christian Palestinian Soliman, caught up in the beginnings of the Middle East conflict after the First World War.... more



My Best Enemy   

My Best Enemy
Chile, 2005, 108 min.
Set in 1978, this humanistic film about the futility of war, follows a Chilean border patrol unit that gets lost on their march to the Argentinian border. After days of wandering the pampas, they become disillusioned… until they meet an Argentine patrol also lost in the pampas and war turns into fr... more



Play   

Play
Chile, 2005, 106 min.
In a contemporary city, which could be anywhere, a couple search for love but never quite seem to meet. The film's pop visual style is unique, and it succeeds in helping us search for clues in a world that denies they exist. Best New Director, Tribeca Film Festival.... more



Salvador Allende   

Salvador Allende
Chile, 2005, 101 min.
Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile) offers this personal reflection on General Pinochet's violent coup d'etat that overthrew President Allende on September 11, 1973. Guzmán conveys the significance of Allende's thwarted socialist vision for himself and many Chileans.... more



Time Off   

Time Off
Chile, 2005, 98 min.
Shot entirely with three mini-DV cameras, Time Off is an unabashedly fun, unpredictable film that thrives on cinematic exploration. Directors Schweitzer and Solís use an arsenal of playful devices including sound effects, unconventional camera angles and American music to explore the breakup ... more



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