After a long day on the slopes, thousands of meters above sea level and high in the mountains, time to relax is more than welcomed. Now, Valle Nevado ski resort, located only an hour from the Chilean capital, is offering a new experience for skiers and snowboarders looking to unwind — a sky-high cinema cycle.
Every Sunday from July 14 – August 11, Valle Nevado will host various acclaimed productions, both Chilean and international. The event’s producer, Luis Smok, spoke of how the event aimed to offer a unique experience and add to the cultural events that take place outside of the capital.
“The aim is to generate distinct platforms for large cinema events. We are trying to decentralize film events and reach the regions,” Smok said. “This is the first cinema event designed exclusively for [ski resorts] that isn’t simply an extension of a bigger event”.
Among the films lined up for showing is the recent, well-received Chilean release “Gloria”, a tale of a free-spirited middle aged woman whose life takes a new turn after she meets a retired naval officer in the city’s clubs. The Valle Nevado showing will be presented by lead actor Paulina García who received the Golden Globe at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance in the movie directed by Sebastían Lelio.
The cycle also features an exclusive screening of Madonna’s latest directorial outing, “The romance of the century” which is yet to show in commercial cinemas. Also featuring are films starring Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Gerard Butler and Uma Thurman amongst others.
Smok said the choice of films to screen was key to the event’s strategy. “The idea of the cycle is to reach the general public with commercial and family films that can be enjoyed together and that entertain. With time, our idea is to become the most important mountain cinema event in Chile,” said Smok.
Alongside forward thinking events like this, Chile already has a strong reputation for cinema with many international festivals showcasing both local and international talent throughout the year. Last month, cinema-goers were treated to the Santiago International Documentary Film Festival (Fidocs), while August will see the city host the Santiago International Film Festival (Sanfic).