On the big screen

Chile’s International Documentary Festival returns to Santiago

The 17th annual FIDOCS event will bring more than 100 films from around the world to Chile’s capital June 24 through 30.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013  
A scene from the El Otro Día (The Other Day), one of eight films competing in FIDOCS’ Chilean Compet A scene from the El Otro Día (The Other Day), one of eight films competing in FIDOCS’ Chilean Competition. Photo courtesy of FIDOCS/Facebook.

 

Over 100 documentary films from around the world are heading to Chile’s capital at the end of this month for the International Documentary Festival of Santiago, Chile, also known as FIDOCS.

Now in its 17th year, FIDOCS has become Chile’s most important space for sharing and discussing documentary films. In addition to film screenings and competitions, the festival also includes free master classes and roundtables for the public on topics related to filmmaking.

According to Ricardo Greene, Director of FIDOCS, this year’s event aims to push the boundaries of the definition of documentary. 

"We're inventing a new festival. The idea is to question the notion that the documentary is a film of reality. We want to bring the format to where it borders alongside other cinematic genres," Greene told La Tercera.

This year’s FIDOCS features a Chilean Competition, a Latin American Competition and an International Short Film Competition, among other categories yet to be announced. The Chilean Competition will be especially fascinating, with eight unique films that each explore a very different element of the Andean nation.

La Última Estación (The Last Station), for example, is a film by Cristian Soto and Catalina Vergara that is set in a Chilean nursing home and examines aging. On the other hand, Los Rockers: Rebelde Rock & Roll (Los Rockers: Rebel Rock and Roll) by Matías Pinochet, follows the tumultuous chronicles of Chilean rockabilly band Los Rockers.

Other films in this year’s Chilean Competition examine the lives of rural workers in the south of Chile (A Primera Hora (Early)), the stories that emerge from the inner world of a large house in Santiago (El Otro Día (The Other Day), and what life is like in Chile’s Atacama Desert (Las Cruces de Quillagua (The Crosses of Quillaga). 

FIDOCS will also feature films from Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba, among others.

All films will be screened at the Centro Cultural GAM, the screening rooms at Universidad Católica, and the Centro Arte Alameda. Films cost USD$ 5 (CLP 2,500) for the general public and USD$ 3 (CLP 1,500) for students and seniors and can be purchased at the screening site box offices and online at ticketek.cl. For movie times and maps of screening locations, visit FIDOCS.cl.

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