The Chilean film “Ojos Rojos” premiered this week as a blockbuster success. According to official figures, this is the documentary seen by the most people in the history of Chilean filmmaking. The movie, which tracks the classification process of the Chilean national soccer team for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was filmed by Juan Pablo Sallato, Ismael Larraín and Juan Ignacio Sabatini.
30,442 people filled movie theaters throughout the country the opening weekend, breaking all box-office records in Chile. The movie even beat out other movies being shown at the time, including “Iron Man 2″.
The movie was shown in cities including Antofagasta, Iquique, Calama, Santiago, Viña del Mar, Talca, Concepción, Temuco, Valdivia and Puerto Montt.
The story behind the movie is the Chilean soccer team’s road to the World Cup in South Africa, as well as the frustration of failing to classify for Germany 2006.
The film’s highlights include scenes from the soccer field, shots of ecstatic spectators cheering at the game and the camera inside the bus and locker room showing glimpses of Chilean soccer players’ private lives.
The documentary even surpassed the movie “Salvador Allende” by Patricio Gúzman, which also drew an overall audience of more than 30,000.
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