The Great Moment Chilean Cinema is Living Abroad

Awards received at international festivals and the debut of Pablo Larraín directing a Hollywood production mark the great moment Chilean cinema is living abroad.


During the last version of the Berlinale, one of the most important festivals in the film industry that takes place every year in Germany’s capital, “A Fantastic Woman”, the latest work of Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay. The screenplay was written by Lelio and Gonzalo Maza, who had previously worked together on Lelio’s “Gloria”, film that earned Chilean actress Paulina García the Silver Bear for Best Performance in 2013.

In addition to this award, the film received the Teddy Award, an independent award within the festival that recognizes films that deal with LGBTQ issues. The film that has Daniela Vega in the starring role tells the story of a transgender woman that has to deal with the sudden death of her partner (played by Francisco Reyes) and the anger his family shows towards her, excluding her from his funeral.The film received 5 stars in the review from the prestigious British newspaper The Guardian and it will be distributed internationally by Sony Pictures.

Another film that drew attention at the Berlinale was “El Pacto de Adriana” (Adriana’s Pact) by Lissette Orozco. The documentary centers around Adriana Rivas, who was Manuel Contreras’ secretary while he served as Head of DINA. “El Pacto de Adriana” received the Peace Film Prize that rewards films that promote messages of peace. In addition to this, Orozco’s documentary secured international distribution with Meikincine.

On the other hand, the film “Los Perros” (The Dogs) by Chilean filmmaker Marcela Said was selected to be part of the 31st Toulouse Cinelatino Fest Films in Progress showcase. Said’s previous work “The Summer of Flying Fish” was part of the official selection of Cannes. “Los Perros” stars Antonia Zegers and Alfredo Castro and follows the story of a woman in her forties who becomes friend with an ex colonel and riding instructor with a shady past.

This adds up to the debut of Chilean director Pablo Larraín in a big Hollywood production directing “Jackie” with Natalie Portman in the starring role. The film follows the events that took place after the assassination of US president John F. Kennedy from the perspective of his widowed wife. Natalie Portman was nominated to the Golden Globes and the Oscars for her performance as Jackie Kennedy. In addition to this, Larraín’s film “Neruda” was also nominated to the Golden Globes as Best Foreign Language Film.

The presence of Chilean films in different international festival and award ceremonies, in addition to the growing importance of local festivals, confirms the fact that Chilean cinema is experiencing its best moment and is on the way to become one of the most solid industries in Latin America.