After eight days, five international premieres, and over 100 films, the 8th annual Santiago International Film Festival, SANFIC8, came to a close on Saturday, with Cuentos Sobre el Futuro (“Tales About the Future”) being awarded the top prize in the Chilean Cinema Competition.
Directed by Pachi Bustos, Cuentos Sobre el Futuro follows the lives of four marginalized youth in Santiago. The characters struggle to build lives for themselves and their families, but the film projects a vision of Chile in which dreams remain.
“I dedicate this film and award to all children throughout Chile and their dreams,” Bustos said upon receiving the award.
The subtitled trailer for Cuentos Sobre el Futuro can be viewed here.
Chile is enjoying an exceptional year in cinema, with Chilean films winning best international picture and best international script awards at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Art Cinema Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Tribeca Senior Programmer Genna Terranova, attended SANFIC8 this year as a consultant for local film projects, and has witnessed the development of Chilean cinema first-hand over the past eight years of the festival.
“They’ve always had really good filmmakers in Chile, but it seems now there has been a burst in the last few years, like Sebastián Silva’s work, and Pablo Larraín’s No being a huge hit in Cannes,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
“There’s more of a momentum, and I feel young filmmakers now are more inspired. Chilean cinema has really grown.”
Other SANFIC8 Award Winners
In the International Cinema Competition, the honor of best film was awarded to Argentinian movie Los Salvajes (“The Wild Ones”). Set in Mendoza, Los Salvajes follows a group of youth who escape from prison.
Best director in the International Cinema Competition was awarded to Colombian Juan Andrés Arango for his film La Playa D.C. (“D.C. Beach”), which tells the story of a young Colombian trying to eke out a life on the streets of Bogotá.
The prize for best director in the Chilean Cinema Competition went to Álvaro Viguera for Pérez. In his directorial debut, Viguera recounts the story of a father who attempts to turn around the distant relationship that he has with his daughter.