International exposure

Chilean film about Violeta Parra will compete at Sundance

The acclaimed movie will be joined by a moving drama from emerging Chilean director, Marialy Rivas.


Friday, December 02, 2011 Category: Daily life - Culture - Film
“Violeta se fue a los cielos” will compete at Sundance on the road to the Oscars. “Violeta se fue a los cielos” will compete at Sundance on the road to the Oscars.

The acclaimed feature film based on the life of Chile's best known folk artist, Violeta Parra, has been selected to compete at next year's Sundance Film Festival in the USA.


A local box office hit, Violeta se fue a los cielos (“Violeta Has Gone to Heaven”), is currently vying for nomination for the foreign film awards at the 2012 Oscars.


Joining the high-profile film at the prestigious independent cinema contest will be fellow Chilean production, Young & Wild. The intense drama from young director Marialy Rivas tells the story of a teenage girl who undergoes a crisis of identity when she decides to break free from her strict, religious upbringing.


Sundance has previously been a happy hunting ground for Chilean films, with Sebastián Silva's dark comedy La nana (“The Maid”), taking out the festival's Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema for Best Film in 2009.


A total of 110 films - including 44 works from up-and-coming directors - will be screened at the 2012 competition, which runs from January 19-29 in Utah, United States.


Among the 14 other films competing for the festival's foreign drama films are two more from Latin America.


El último Elvis (“The Last Elvis”), which was backed by Argentine producer Armando Bo, tells the story of an Elvis impersonator who actually believes he is the reincarnation of the King of Rock, while A Cadeira do Pai (“Father's Chair”) from Brazil, is a film about a father who sets out in search of his missing son.


Another Spanish language film competing for the same prize is Madrid, 1987, which focuses on the generational clash between an old journalist and a young student.

While Violeta se fue a los cielos is competing at Sundance, the team behind the film will also learn if they were successful in their bid for Oscar nomination. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts is due to release the full list of nominees on January 24.