The presence of Chilean films in international festivals has increased during the last few years. We only need to remember the success of Sebastián Silva’s “La Nana” (The Maid), for which he was nominated to the Golden Globe award for best foreign film, and also the Oscar award nomination of Pablo Larraín’s “No”. It is precisely this filmmaker who is one of Chile’s representatives in the German festival this year with his film “El Club” (The Club). It tells the story of five priests who have broken their vows and are isolated in a beach house and watched closely by a woman. The film has in its cast actors like Alfredo Castro, Alejandro Goic, Alejandro Sieveking, Jaime Vadell, Roberto Farías and Antonia Zegers and it reflects on our contemporary society and its relationship with religion.
Furthermore, the director Patricio Guzmán possesses a vast career in the documentary genre, being “Nostalgia de la Luz” (Nostalgia for the Light) one of its most important pieces. This film earned him the Best Documentary award in many international festivals, like the Toronto International Film Festival of 2010 and Guadalajara Festival of 2011. In this Berlin Film Festival, Guzmán competes with “El botón de Nácar” (Nacre Button), which is the second release of what it is hoped to be a trilogy about different difficult periods of Chilean history.
Both films hope to win the Golden Bear award, the most important one of the festival to be taking place between February 5th to 15th. It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time Chile is nominated for this festival. In 2013, Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria” competed in the same category and, in spite of not winning, the actress Paulina García won the Silver Bear for best female performance.