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Chile

Chile

OVID’s unmatched collection of films from Chile range over fifty years of the country’s political history, cultural and artistic development, from the early, seminal documentaries of Patricio Guzmán - THE BATTLE OF CHILE – to three more recent feature films by Pablo Larrain, and the complete filmography of a rising star of contemporary Latin American cinema, Dominga Sotomayor. Today’s generation is also represented by the documentary, GOD, made by the MAFI collective and a meditation on religion in today’s Chile. And LEMEBEL and THE JOURNEY OF MONALISA, are thoughtful portraits of transgender writers who push societal boundaries with their work. What all the films here have in common is a willingness to confront Chile's past in order to move forward, with both innovative documentary and dramatic approaches.

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  • Stealing Rodin

    Directed by Cristóbal Valenzuela Berríos • Documentary • 2017 • 80 minutes

    In the style of Exit Through the Gift Shop, Stealing Rodin is a critical and humorous statement about Art and the market around it. The documentary traces the story of Luis Onfray’s artistic and criminal act. In 2005, the...

  • 100 Children Waiting for a Train

    Directed by Ignacio Agüero • Documentary • 1988 • 55 minutes

    100 CHILDREN WAITING FOR A TRAIN poetically tells the story of a group of Chilean children who discover a larger reality - and a different world - through the cinema.

    Each Saturday, Alicia Vega transforms the chapel of Lo Hermida into...

  • Agustin's Newspaper

    Directed by Ignacio Agüero • Documentary • 2008 • 80 minutes

    El Mercurio, the oldest newspaper in Chile, has been owned and operated since 1849 by the Edwards family. Its current owner, Agustin Edwards Eastman, has controlled the journal since 1956. With editions published in Santiago and Valpar...

  • Below

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • With Andrés Aliaga, Rosa García-Huidobro, Catherine Mazoyer • 2007 • 18 minutes

    Jaime, who’s been away from the city by his own free will, invites his family to watch an eclipse at his house on the mountains. The tensions in the group are apparent, but the...

  • Adriana's Pact

    Directed by Lissette Orozco • Documentary • 2017 • 96 minutes

    When I was a girl, I had a strong role model in my life: my aunt Adriana. In 2007, she was detained and I found out she worked as an agent at DINA (Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional) in Pinochet’s secret police, which has often been ...

  • The Battle of Chile (Part 1)

    Directed by Patricio Guzman • Documentary • 1975 • 96 minutes

    On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army.

    Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political dev...

  • The Battle of Chile (Part 2)

    Directed by Patricio Guzman • Documentary • 1976 • 88 minutes

    On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army.

    Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political dev...

  • The Battle of Chile (Part 3)

    Directed by Patricio Guzman • Documentary • 1978 • 78 minutes

    THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE deals with the creation by ordinary workers and peasants of thousands of local groups of 'popular power' to distribute food, occupy, guard and run factories and farms, oppose black market profiteering, and link...

  • Beyond My Grandfather Allende

    Directed by Marcia Tambutti Allende • Documentary • 2015 • 98 minutes

    More than 40 years have passed since a military coup in Chile deposed the democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende. The death of Allende and the years of military dictatorship that followed have left dee...

  • Chicago Boys

    Directed by Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano • Documentary • 2015 • 85 minutes

    In the middle of the Cold War, the University of Chicago gave scholarships to a group of Chilean students to study economics under the teachings of Milton Friedman. Twenty years later, during Pinochet's dictato...

  • The Club

    Directed by Pablo Larrain • Drama • With Alfredo Castro, Marcelo Alonso, Antonia Zegers • 2015 • 97 minutes

    In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to pur...

  • The Cordillera of Dreams

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2019 • 85 minutes

    Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, master filmmaker Patricio Guzmán's The Cordillera of Dreams completes his trilogy (with Nostalgia for the Light and The Pearl Button) investigating the relationship bet...

  • Dreams of Ice

    Directed by Ignacio Agüero • Documentary • 1993 • 55 minutes

    Like Moby Dick’s Ishmael, a sailor takes a ship and goes from Antarctica to Spain, in a trip that transports an iceberg to Seville for the World Fair of 1992. In this voyage, mysterious things will happen, making him a victim of the hi...

  • Family Life

    Directed by Alicia Scherson, Cristián Jiménez • Drama • With Jorge Becker, Gabriela Aranciba, Cristían Carvajal, Blanca Lewin
    • 2017 • 81 minutes

    When a married couple decides to move to France with their young daughter for a few months, they ask a distant cousin, Martín, to housesit and take c...

  • God

    Directed by Christopher Murray, Josefina Buschmann, Israel Pimental • Documentary • 2019 • 124 minutes

    A cinematic mosaic depicting Pope Francis’ 2018 visit to Chile, God explores the constant tension between the social creation of God in different communities and the tensions that define modern...

  • I am from Chile

    Directed by Gonzalo Díaz Ugarte • Drama • With Paulina García, Diego Ruiz, Iván Álvarez de Araya • 2013 • 108 minutes

    A coming of age story, I Am From Chile draws from the director’s personal experiences to tell a different kind of immigration story. I Am from Chile is the story of Salvador, who...

  • I Never Climbed the Provincia

    Directed by Ignacio Agüero • Documentary • 2019 • 92 minutes

    The film is about the relationship of a filmmaker with the corner of his house. A new building has changed the life of the neighborhood and has also interrupted the vision he had of the Provincia hill and the Andes mountain range. This...

  • The Island

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor & Katarzyna Klimkiewicz • Drama • With Rosa García-Huidobro, Carmen Couve, Niles Atallah • 2014 • 30 minutes

    A family gets together at their summer house on an island. There is only one member who is delayed. The day advances as they fuse with nature until the night...

  • The Journey of Monalisa

    Directed by Nicole Costa • Documentary • 2019 • 93 minutes

    Chilean-born performer and writer Iván Monalisa fully embraces his / her dual selves: scrappy, masculine Iván as well as diva, transvestite sex-worker Monalisa. A reunion with filmmaker Nicole Costa, Iván’s former college classmate, prov...

  • Lemebel

    Directed by Joanna Reposi • Documentary • 2020 • 96 minutes

    Chilean performance artist, writer, anti-fascist, cross-dresser, and queer activist Pedro Lemebel (1952-2015) was a larger-than-life icon of his country’s gay liberation movement. In both his work and his life, he blended humor with spe...

  • This is the Way I Like It

    Directed by Ignacio Agüero • Documentary • 1985 • 29 minutes

    Director Ignacio Agüero interrupts the production of a film that is taking place in Chile during 1984 to ask the filmmakers what is the point of filming in Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship.

  • Mar

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • With Nicolás Ibieta, Vanina Montes, Lisandro Rodríguez • 2014 • 58 minutes

    Martín goes on vacation with his girlfriend to Villa Gesell, an Argentinian beach. Everything seems normal and stable, until his mother’s arrival. Lightning strikes, and soon they n...

  • The Mountain

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • 2008 • 10 minutes

    José and Manuel are climbing the Montserrat mountain. They have not seen each other in some years, and they are in Spain for a funeral. It is a narrow, winding, uneven path up the mountain that makes communication difficult, until they re...

  • My Grandmother's Mother Told My Mother

    Directed by Ignacio Agüero • Documentary • 2004 • 70 minutes

    The inhabitants of the Villa Alegre town, in the central zone of Chile, come together to investigate the history of their town, then put it on stage as a production. When they watch the play, they are amazed. A theatrical experience le...