Free movie screenings in Santiago this January

The six feature films and five short films have been selected from the program of last year’s Valdivia International Film Festival in Chile’s south.

Film buffs in the Chilean capital are in for a treat this January with free screenings of a selection of some of the most popular movies from the 2011 Valdivia International Film Festival.

For the second year in a row, the Cinema Club from Universidad de Chile’s Communication and Image Institute (ICEI) is arranging a highlights package from the festival to be shown in Santiago. The six feature films and five short films will be screened at 7pm every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month.

On the summer program is the winner of the festival’s best international feature award, Valerie Massadian’s Nana, along with Ben Rivers’ documentary, Two Years at Sea, and a series of experimental short films from U.S. filmmaker, Jay Rosenblatt.

All the films can be seen at the Jorge Müller auditorium at Universidad de Chile’s Juan Gómez Millas campus (Avenida Ignacio Carrera Pinto 1045, Ñuñoa).

To whet your appetite, here is a list of the films on offer.

Tuesday, January 11
Nana
2011, France
Director: Valerie Massadian

Nana is a four-year-old girl who lives an ordinary life in a stone house on the edge of a forest, but one afternoon comes home from school to discover that her parents have disappeared. Not knowing what to do, she sets out on a solitary journey of self-discovery.

Thursday, January 13
El Lenguaje De Los Machetes (“The Language of Machetes”)
Mexico, 2011
Director: Kyzza Terrazas

Ray and Ramona are a young couple who are deeply frustrated by the injustice that surrounds them, although each of them seeks different means to combat the problem. A musician, Ramona turns to her music, while Ray takes a more direct route. But when Ray’s forays into rebellion fail, he drags Ramona into a spiral of violence which ultimately ends in a ‘poetic’ act of terrorism.

Tuesday, January 17
Two Years at Sea
UK, 2011
Director: Ben Rivers

This documentary follows Jake, an elderly man who lives alone in an isolated forest in Scotland. He is a man for all seasons who sleeps among trees, eking out a frugal existence as he lives a dream from his youth – a dream he spent two years working at sea to realize.

Thursday, January 19
Accidentes Gloriosos (“Glorious Accidents)
Argentina/Sweden (2011)
Director: Mauro Andrizzi

A photographer in Buenos Aires spends his nights trawling the streets in a bizarre quest to document the “perfect” car crash. At the same time, another man wakes up from a heart transplant operation and finds he has new artistic abilities, while a woman on a dramatic polar expedition in Antarctica receives a letter from her husband just moments before she freezes to death. This edgy film explores nine separate stories about death, change and longing.

Tuesday, January 24
Los Últimos Cristeros
Mexico, The Netherlands (2011)
Director: Matías Meyer

Along with his loyal troops, a counter-revolutionary colonel in Mexico’s Cristero War refuses to concede defeat despite the hopelessness of their situation. Holed up in the mountains with no ammunition and no support, the group are fighting a lost cause. Even though they have been offered an amnesty, the soldiers can’t give in, because of a commitment they made a to God.

Thursday, January 26
Sweet Home (a series of short films)
USA (2003-2011)
Director: Jay Rosenblatt

This collection of works from acclaimed U.S. filmmaker, Jay Rosenblatt, tracks the relationship with his young daughter, Ella, who seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps and make her own movies. Candid and moving, the short films provide a powerful reflection of family life.