Chilean Cinema

Chilean Cinema

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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Chilean Cinema
  • The Pearl Button

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2014 • 82 minutes

    The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds the voices of the Earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest border in Chile...

  • Post Mortem

    Directed by Pablo Larrain • Drama • With Marcelo Alonso, Jaime Vadell, Antonia Zegers, Amparo Noguera, Alfredo Castro
    • 2012 • 98 minutes

    The second part of director Pablo Larrain's celebrated trilogy about Chile during the dictatorial reign of Augusto Pinochet, Post Mortem is a "grim, intense...

  • Patricio Guzmán

    9 videos

    Patricio Guzmán was born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile. As an adolescent in the late 1950's he became drawn to documentary filmmaking when he had the opportunity to see some of the films of Chris Marker, Frederic Rossif and Louis Malle. He studied filmmaking at the Film Institute at the Catholic Uni...

  • 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...

  • Violeta Went to Heaven

    Directed by Andrés Wood • Drama • With Francisca Gavilán, Cristian Quevedo, Thomas Durand , Roberto Farías, Gabriela Aguilera, Juan Quezada, Marcial Tagle • 2013 • 110 minutes

    Violeta Went to Heaven tells the story of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution f...

  • 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...

  • Pablo Larrain

    3 videos

    Pablo Larrain, the director of Jackie (starring Natalie Portman), was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1976. He is a founding member of Fabula, a company dedicated to producing film, television, and commercials, as well as providing production services.

    In 2005, he directed his first feature-length f...

  • Nostalgia for the Light

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2010 • 90 minutes

    Master director Patricio Guzmán travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so translucent ...

  • The Pinochet Case

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2001 • 109 minutes

    Augusto Pinochet, the general who overthrew President Salvador Allende of Chile in 1973, was the first dictator in Latin America—or the world—to be humbled by the international justice system since the Nuremberg trials.

    THE PINOCHE...

  • Video Game

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • 2014 • 6 minutes

    León plays a tennis match while a farewell takes place behind him.

  • Salvador Allende

    Directed by Patricio Guzmán • Documentary • 2004 • 100 minutes

    A leftist revolutionary or a reformist democrat? A committed Marxist or a constitutionalist politician? An ethical and moral man or, as Richard Nixon called him, a 'son of a bitch'? In SALVADOR ALLENDE, acclaimed Chilean filmmaker Pa...

  • Dominga Sotomayor

    7 videos

    Dominga Sotomayor studied Audiovisual Directing at Universidad Católica de Chile and received a master’s in Directing at ESCAC in Barcelona. She developed her first feature Thursday Till Sunday at the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence. The film won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam in 2012 and screened a...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • The Battle of Chile
    Movie + 2 extras

    The Battle of Chile

    Movie + 2 extras

    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 Guzman and five colleagues had been filming the political developments in Chile throughout the nine months leading up to that...

  • Tony Manero

    Directed by Pablo Larrain • Drama • With Alfredo Castro • 2008 • 98 minutes

    Raul Peralta, a middle-aged criminal in 1970's Chile, is obsessed the idea of impersonating Tony Manero, John Travolta's character in Saturday Night Fever. Every Saturday night, he unleashes his passion for the film's mu...

  • The Cordillera of Dreams

    Movie + 5 extras

    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 between historical memory, political trauma, and geography in his ...

  • Too Late to Die Young

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • With Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro • 2019 • 110 minutes

    Chile 1990, at the end of Pinochet's dictatorship, a group of adolescents living in a commune, attempt to make sense of their own burgeoning desires and tangled relationships while...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Below

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • 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 they slowly vanish, reaching the most transparent moment among th...

  • 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...