Chilean movie takes out Valdivia International Film Festival

De Jueves a Domingo, the feature film debut for Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor, trumps a competitive lineup to win best international film award.

The Valdivia International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, October 7, on a glorious spring day in the capital of Los Ríos Region, with Chilean movie De Jueves a Domingo (Thursday Till Sunday), winning the best international film award.

The story of marriage falling apart, De Jueves a Domingo takes place over a four-day family road trip through northern Chile, seen through the eyes of the couple’s children.

On Saturday, a day before winning the prize, director Dominga Sotomayor told ThisisChile that film’s setting provided an integral part of the story.

I wanted to shoot this film in the North [of Chile], it was always the idea to film it there, because of the arid relationship between the couple, and the connection between what is happening to them internally, and the inhospitable, isolated atmosphere,” Dominga said.

“I wanted to have landscapes that reflected this solitude, that spoke to the emotions of this couple, and the distance between them.”

For more from that conversation, click here.

Other awards in the international film category went to El Bella Vista (The Beautiful View), a film about a house in a Uruguayan village that transitions from being a football club to transvestites brothel and finally to Catholic church, and A Última Vez Que Vi Macau (The Last Time I Saw Macao), which won the Public and Critics Prizes, respectively.

Shifting between memoir, and genres like adventure and noir, A Última Vez Que Vi Macau is the story of a Portuguese director return to the city in which he grew, Macao.

Winning the top award in the Chilean films category was Donde Vuelan Los Cóndores (Where the Condors Fly) a documentary by Carlos Klein as he travels to opposite points of the Earth with Russian documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky in the making of his movie Long Live the Antipodes.

For more information, head to the FICV official website.