Festival to screen the best Chilean films from the past decade

The celebration of local cinema will also include a special tribute to legendary Chilean director, Raúl Ruiz.

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A selection of the best Chilean films from the past decade will be featured in the second ChileNcine Festival, which kicks off this week.

Close to 90 documentaries, feature films and shorts made between 2000 and 2010 will be screened at the event taking place at Palacio de La Moneda Cultural Center in the heart of Santiago. Included on the festival’s program are titles from distinguished Chilean directors such as Andrés Wood (Machuca  and Violeta Se Fue A Los Cielos) and Matías Bize (En La Cama and La Vida De Los Peces).

On the festival’s opening night, the center’s new digital cinema system will be used for the first time to screen Bize’s acclaimed film, Sábado (“Saturday”).

Along with the 52 feature films and two feature-length animated films taking part in the festival will be 23 local documentaries highlighting some of the most important political and cultural stories from Chile’s past.

The second ChileNcine will also provide an opportunity to pay tribute to legendary Chilean directorRaúl Ruiz, who died in France earlier this year. A dozen of Ruiz’s films released between 1968 and 2002 will be shown as part of the festival.

All the films featuring in the festival have been selected from the Palacio de La Moneda Cultural Center’s National Film Archive.

Members of the general public will also be able to vote for the best Chilean film from the past ten years through the festival’s website. ChileNcine runs from September 21 to October 3.