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Chilean Embassy Collaborates with Local Cinema to Present Film Series in Berlin

Film series showcases masterpieces from the 1990s, transitioning from dictatorship to democracy

October 19th, 2016
Susanna Mancini, News from Berlin

Chilean movies that made an impact during the first decade of democracy (1988-1998) had to face a double challenge: encouraging an interest in building a cinema industry, attracting audiences to the theatres and, at the same time, getting involved in social and political issues during the end of dictatorship and the democratic turn.

The Chilean Film Series, organized by the Chilean Embassy in Germany in collaboration with the Eiszeit cinema in Berlin and the Ibero-American Institute, will present different important movies about the Chilean transition to democracy from October 21st until October 26th in Berlin. The first movie that will be presented is ‘Johnny Cien Pesos’, and during the screening there will be also the possibility to meet art director Gustavo Graf-Marino.

The movie is based on real events, representing the political situation and social conflicts of the 1990s in Chile. Germans who are passionate about cinema may know the name of Pablo Larraìn thanks to his famous movie ‘El Club’. This film won him the Silver Bear during the Berlin International Film Festival, which is one of the world’s leading film festivals and counts amongst the most reputable media events held every year in Berlin.

‘The Club’ will be screened on Tuesday, October 25th from 8.00pm at Eiszeit Cinema.

The movie ‘Nostalgia de la luz’, which will be shown on Sunday, October 23rd from 8.00pm, was directed by Patricio Guzmàn and aims to preserve the memory of those executed during Pinochet’s dictatorship. Guzmàn also won the Silver Bear and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his important documentary ‘El Botòn de Nacàr’.

On Saturday, October 22nd from 8.00pm, ‘La Frontera’, directed by Ricardo Larrain, will be shown. This movie made a strong impact during the 1990s, receiving different awards in Chile and abroad.

Finally, on Wednesday October 26th the documentary film ‘Allende, mi abuelo Allende’ will be projected. This is story of the President Salvador Allende, the first democratic-socialist President of Chile, and was directed by his granddaughter, Marcia Tambutti Allende. It was screened in the Directors Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won ‘L’Oeil d’Or’ for the best documentary film.

The movies shown during the Chilean Film Series will be shown in the Spanish language with English or German subtitles.


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