Chile ’76 (2023)
Director: Manuela Martelli Run Time: 95 min. Release Year: 2022
Starring: Alejandro Goic, Aline Küppenheim, Antonia Zegers, Hugo Medina, Nicolás Sepúlveda
Country: Chile, Argentina
About the film:
Official Selection, 2022 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, New Directors/New Films
Set during the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, Chile ‘76 (2023) builds from quiet character study to gripping suspense thriller as it explores one woman’s precarious flirtation with political engagement.
“an invaluable demonstration of feminine revolutionary cinema”
Carmen leads a sheltered upper middle class existence. She heads to her summer house in the off-season to supervise its renovation, while also performing local charitable works through her church. Her husband, children, and grandchildren come back and forth during the winter vacation, bringing reminders of the world beyond. When the family priest asks her to take care of an injured young man he has been sheltering in secret, Carmen is inadvertently drawn into the world of the Chilean political opposition and must face real-world threats she is unprepared to handle, with potentially disastrous consequences for her and her entire family.
About the filmmaker:
Manuela Martelli is a Chilean film and television actress and director. She has participated in more than 15 films as an actress. On 2010, she received a Fulbright to pursue a Masters in Film at Temple University, U.S.A. Apnea (2015), her first short film, premiered at FICValdivia in 2014. She was also selected by Cannes Directors Fortnight’s collaborative program Chile Factory (2015) to co-direct a short film with Amirah Tajdin, called Land Tides (2016), which premiered at the Fortnight in 2015 and screened in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Her feature directorial debut, Chile ’76 (2023), premiered at the Fortnight in 2022 followed by major film festivals around the world.See our upcoming films