Director Pablo Larraín’s glimpse into the obsessive life of a man in love living through Chile’s military coup won five accolades at this year’s international Havana Film Festival, including the prestigious Coral Second Prize.
Nine years after leaving Santiago one day for a road trip, a group of friends has produced 80 short films and held nearly a thousand makeshift cinema screenings, in 230 cities, for an audience of over 250,000 Chilean people.
The six-day event which is now in its 17th year, provides a stepping stone for independent filmmakers from around the world. This year’s edition saw Chile’s Minister of Arts and Culture Luciano Cruz-Coke announce plans for new culture commission.
The rights to Chilean illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez’ most recent comic, Locke & Key, have just been bought by Andy Kurtzman and Bob Orci (Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3) in a partnership with Steven Spielbergs' Dreamworks Studios. Collaborating as lead writer on the film will be Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Fox Studios hopes to air a TV series later this year.