It was once the southernmost outpost of the Spanish Empire and one of the most fortified cities of the New World – but now Valdivia is gaining an international reputation for its boutique beers and annual festival of cinema.
Now in its 19th edition, the Valdivia International Film Festival (FICV) will this year play host to as many as 170 films over the six days between October 2–7, as well as talks, retrospectives and other special events.
And with an exciting line-up that includes 5 world premieres, this year’s event promises to cement the capital of the Rivers Region in Southern Chile’s claim to hosting one of the continent’s most important film festivals.
“Valdivia has always been characterized by offering an International Competition that expresses contemporary cinema‘s new tendencies and reflections: a constant crossing of the fiction/documentary boundaries, the new concepts of realism and mise-en-scène, and hybrid approaches,” FICV’s programmer Raúl Camargo Bórquez told The Hollywood Reporter.
“The fest also offers a parallel program that includes the latest from great auteurs of world cinema, political and experimental films, and retrospectives on filmmakers,” added Camargo.
The three featured filmmakers at this year’s event will be renowned Chilean director Silvio Caiozzi, prize-winning Uruguayan Pablo Stoll, and one of the most important directors of contemporary world cinema, Frenchman Jean-Gabriel Périot.
As always, FICV 2012 is separated into four competitions: International Films, Chilean Films, Latin American Shorts, and Chilean Film School Films.
But perhaps the most anticipated film of the event will be the launch of Miguel San Miguel, by Matías Cruz, which will open the festival and is about the early days of Los Prisioneros – one of the most influential Chilean bands of all time.
Meanwhile, closing out the festival will be Winter, Go Away!, made by a Russian collective about anti-Putin demonstrations.
Other sections of the event include “Latin American Visions” which will screen recent films from all over the region, “Gala,” for renowned filmmakers, “Location,” which will be focused this year on Spain, “Music and Society,” “New Roads,” for experimental work and “Dissidences.”
The International Competition of FICV will feature twelve films by independent directors:
L’Age Atomique (Helena Klotz)
De Jueves a Domingo (Dominga Sotomayor)
Fogo (Yulene Olaizola)
Sofia’s Last Ambulance (Ilian Metev)
Two Meters of this Land (Ahmad Natche)
El Jurado (Virginia del Pino)
El Bella Vista (Alicia Cano)
Leviathan (Lucien Castaign Taylor and Verena Paravel)
Polvo (Julio Hernandez)
A Última Vez que vi Macau (Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Joao Rui Guerra da Mata)
Carne de Perro (Fernando Guzzoni)
Viola (Matias Piñeiro)
The Chilean competition will feature 7 films, including 5 world premieres:
Donde Vuelan los Condores (Carlos Klein)
Aquí Estoy, Aquí No (Elisa Eliash)
La Última Estación (Catalina Vergara y Cristián Soto)
Chaitén (Aníbal Jofré and Diego Ayala)
La Chupilca del Diablo (Ignacio Rodríguez)
A Primera Hora (Javier Correa)
Partir to Live (Domingo García-Huidobro)