Pelayo Lira – Reinos (2017)

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Alejandro, a first-year student and Sofia, a final thesis student, meet at the University and build a relationship in which he falls in love while she just wants to satisfy his sexual desires. Over time, Alejandro’s teenage behaviors will provoke the rejection of Sofia who must think about how to solve her future. In the end, everyone should discover what they really need. Continue reading

José Luis Torres Leiva – Verano AKA Summer (2011)

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During one hot summer day, little things happen to the visitors and workers of an old thermal resort in southern Chile. Julieta, Francisco, Isa, Rodrigo, Ignacio, Mariana, Muriel, Gabriela, Eliseo, Norma, Alejandra and Claudio experience the long vacation hours in nature, sleeping in the sun, learning how to drive, cleaning the house, kissing for the first time, swimming at night or just walking and talking, while the day slowly unravels into small fragments of happiness and discovery. Continue reading

Dominga Sotomayor Castillo – De jueves a domingo aka Thursday Till Sunday (2012)

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Two children travel with their parents from Santiago Chile to the north of Chile for a family holiday. The landscape’s loneliness and the car’s confinement help bring out the couple’s troubles and the children learn that this might turn out to be their father’s farewell and their last family vacation.
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Jerónimo Rodríguez – Rastreador de estatuas (2015)

When Jorge, a Chilean filmmaker living in New York, decides to seek a statue of a Portuguese neurologist in a park in Chile, a curious investigation begins in the streets of Santiago, Brooklyn and Lisbon, but also through the history of his native country and his own family memory – for which he tries to fi ll in the gaps. And what if the statue were really a bust? Or just a plaque? What if, instead of being in Chile, it were in Lisbon? And what if the film were really about something else? Because, from this starting point in anecdotal appearance, Jeronimo Rodriguez creates a refl ection on memory and disappearance – of people, places and things. Far from being a theoretical object, his character and alter ego is subjected to a real memorial piece of work, an investigation of the nether regions of his brain – which is lucky because his father was a neurosurgeon – which takes him to Patagonia, to see football matches dating back to the dictatorship, and leads to thoughts about Raoul Ruiz. Continue reading

Raoul Ruiz – Tres Tristes Tigres (1968)

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Locarno International Film Festival
1969 Won Golden Leopard

The best Chilean film ever made.

This movie is the best portrait of Chilean society. Ruiz show us like a group of little people with little problems, with a very special way of life. The strangest Spanish in all South American with the funniest accent too. This movie is like Martin Scorsese’s Mean Street but without the crime ingredient. You must see it if you wanna know what’s to be a Chilean, how you can feel believing that you’re in the center of the world but actually living in the end, almost hanging from the continent. Raul Ruiz right now is living in Paris and making the most bizarre but fascinating films of the french production. “Tres tristes tigres” is very difficult to find but if you can, i tell you that you’ll have a real gem. Continue reading

Sebastián Lelio – Una mujer fantástica AKA A Fantastic Woman (2017)

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Marina, a trans woman, is a singer and waitress. She has just moved in with her lover, Orlando. One night, Orlando wakes up feeling very unwell. Unable to stand up, he collapses and falls down a staircase. Marina rushes him to a hospital, but Orlando dies, apparently from a brain aneurysm. Marina is viewed with suspicion both by the doctors and Orlando’s family. A detective comes to the restaurant where Marina works, and asks Marina questions suggesting that Orlando’s death had resulted from a physical altercation between the two of them. Meanwhile, Orlando’s ex-wife and Orlando’s son forbids Marina from attending the wake or the funeral. Marina struggles for the right to be herself in spite of the allegations. And to make matters worse, the exclusions might have more to do with her identity rather than the death of Orlando. Continue reading

Niles Atallah – Rey (2017)

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In the nineteenth century, a French adventurer sets off to establish a kingdom in the inhospitable South of Chile, uniting the feared Mapuche under him. The response of the Chilean army is devastating. Rey is both an intricately designed adventure film as well as powerful textural experiment.

We’re excited to present, in synch with its cinema release, this phantasmagorical gem of a film. An unconventional and kaleidoscopic biopic that plays with history, myth and memory attesting to the endless possibilities of cinema. Strikingly beautiful, gloriously decadent and delectably avant-garde. Continue reading