Chilean film-maker Pablo Larraín will compete with his movie Post Mortem for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, which will take place as of 1 September 2010. The film will compete against 21 other productions of directors such as Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, François Ozon and Álex de la Iglesia.
Produced with funds provided by Chile, Mexico and Germany, Post Mortem is the only Latin American production chosen for the event, which will take place between the 1st and 11th September. The plot revolves around a love story that occurs in the middle of the 1973 coup d’état in Chile that led to the overthrow of the government of President Salvador Allende.
With this film, Larraín has once more attained a major position with his work in international cinema. Prior to this movie, he had gained renown with Tony Manero, which – among other prizes – won the Best Movie award in the international festivals of Turin (2008) and Istanbul (2009).
For this film the Chilean director won special prizes awarded by the juries of the festivals of Warsaw (2008) and Rotterdam (2009). In turn, Alfredo Castro, the star of the film, was chosen for best male performance in Turin (2008) and best actor in Havana (2008) and Cinemanila (2009).
The 67th iteration of the Italian competition will be the venue for the world premiere of 79 movies. Among other activities, it will include a posthumous homage to actor Dennis Hopper, with the exhibition of a feature film he directed and starred in in 1971, and to director Elia Kazan. In addition, there will be a showing of the film version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.