The Chilean film “The Maid,” directed by Sebastián Silva, won the 16th Latin American Film Festival of Catalonia as the best film from the region.
“The Maid’s” cast includes Catalina Saavedra, Claudia Celedón and Alejandro Goic, among others, and it tells the story of a bitter and introverted woman who has spent 23 years working for a large upper-middle class Chilean family. Her part is played by Saavedra, who also received the best actress award at the event.
For their part, the Argentines Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat won best director award for their work “The Man from Next Door” and the film’s actors Rafael Spregelburd and Daniel Aráoz also shared the best actor prize.
In the short film section the prize went to “5 Memories,” a Spanish-Mexican coproduction directed by Oriana Alcaina and Alejandra Márquez, while the best documentary was “My Life with Carlos,” a Spanish-Chilean production directed by Germán Berger-Hertz, which is about a son’s search for the memory of his father, who was murdered during the military regime in Chile.
This year the event was dedicated to Argentina and Mexico in particular, countries that, like Chile, will be celebrating 200 years of independent life this 2010.
In this way “The Maid” continues to reap success abroad, after previously winning the US-based International Press Academy’s Satellite Award for the best foreign film.
In addition, this prize comes on top of the one received at the beginning of the year in the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where it won two awards: best full-length international drama and best actress for Catalina Saavedra’s performance.
In this way, the current Chilean film boom is given a new boost, something that was strengthened by the decision to turn Valdiva into an investment hub for the seventh art.Other national productions, such as «Huacho,» for example, are the fruits of the renewal that the Chilean film industry is experiencing.