Brilliant sunshine welcomed the Chilean, Latin American and international cinema industry to the beautiful capital of Southern Chile’s Rivers Region yesterday for the first day of the Valdivia International Film Festival (FICV).
The festival was officially opened in the Aula Magna auditorium of the Universidad Austral de Chile with a theatrical performance directed by Chilean Pato Pimienta and a screening of “Knittel,” a short documentary montage of the works of pioneer Valdivian photographer Rodolfo Knittel. Knittel is famous for capturing the indomitable spirit of this former frontier town as it rebuilt following a series of catastrophic disasters in the early 1900s, including tornadoes, floods and fires.
But the star screening of the night was the world premiere of Matías Cruz’s Miguel San Miguel, a film about the formative years of drummer Miguel Tapia and his band, Los Prisioneros. Tapia, who is featured in the film, was also present at the event to launch the movie.
Filmed in black and white, Miguel San Miguel captures the story of the three members of the band, who overcame poverty and turbulent political circumstances to form the now legendary Chilean band, which went on to become known as “the voice of the 80s.”
The film captures the period in which the band formed, as they bonded over a love of rock music in the economically disadvantaged barrio of San Miguel, during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
The opening ceremony closed with a cocktail party at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and a performance by local band Fuma & Baila.
About the Valdivia International Film Festival
Running until October 7, the 19th edition of the Valdivia International Film Festival (FICV) will host 170 films from all over the world.
The competition is divided into four sections: International Films, Chilean Films, Latin American Shorts, and Chilean Film School Films, and a series of talks, retrospectives and other special events will complement the competitions.
These include an open air screening on Saturday night of Pablo Larraín’s No – which has been selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Oscars – and a retrospective of the late Chilean director Raúl Ruiz.
For a schedule of films, see the FICV official website.