In a full Aula Magna at the Universidad Austral de Chile, the XXII version of Valdivia’s International Film Festival started, the most important one in the country and one of the most famous in Latin America. Together with the renowned actors Héctor Noguera and Luis Alarcón, the assistants were fascinated by the live musical performance by the Universidad Austral Chamber Orchestra, while a film about the presence of trains in movies was being shown.
For 22 years, this festival has been bringing people closer to national and international film productions, all of which do not belong to Hollywood’s traditional films. On the contrary, in Valdivia you can find very long films, short films, low budget documentaries and other collective projects from all over the world. This is precisely the strictly artistic aspect of FICValdivia that international authors seek to show their films.
Among the present authorities and public figures, there was the Rector of the Universidad Austral de Chile, Dr. Oscar Galindo, the Municipality of Valdivia, the Los Rios Regional Government, CODEPROVAL, Valdivia’s Cinematographic Promotion Cultural Center and the National Arts and Culture Council, lead by Minister Ernesto Ottone. The Government Official announced that “Valdivia’s Cinematographic Promotion Cultural Center is one of the winning institutions of a program whose national results will be delivered tomorrow, and it will have the benefit of receiving permanent funding, as a clear sign of President Bachelet’s commitment in terms of cultural decentralization problems.
Among the films shown in the last days, the national film “Trapped in Japan” had a successful audience reception. The movie tells the journey of six Chilean journalists who go on an official visit to Japan, but when their return is interrupted, they are left trapped in the middle of World War II. The crew needed five years of research to produce the film, something the audience realized once they watched it, stating that the level and precision of detail was proof of how personal this film was for the creators.
The festival will end this Sunday, October 11, with a tribute to Ernst Lubitsch, a well-known Jewish-German film director, followed by David Cronenberg’s 1981 film “Scanners”, and a special mention to the 1968 film “Barbarella”, directed by Roger Vadim.
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