While people who have the possibility to do so are in quarantine, prioritizing health and solidarity at a distance, Chile is going through a period of profound social transformations. The two documentary feature films by Marcela Said that open the THURSDAYS OF CHILEAN CINEMA OF CINEMACHILE delve into the deepest problems of our society, revealing the mechanisms that are behind inequality, conservatism and violence.
That is why we have decided to highlight and give access to national titles and talents that are distinguished by their author-driven vision and their critical outlook, while creating a universe that acts as a refuge for the viewer. To unite launched the THURSDAY OF CHILEAN CINEMA OF CINEMACHILE, where we will release weekly feature films and short films awarded by their own authors so that they can accompany them and be viewed for a week.
The kick-off for this Chilean film program is lead by Marcela Said, not only for her interesting career in both fiction and documentary, but also because her films delve into the deepest problems of Chilean society, establishing an unexpected bridge with the current social movements. An example of this are the two documentary films that we are showcasing, El Mocito and Opus Dei, a Silent Crusade, both co-directed by Jean de Certeau.
The first of them, El Mocito, had its premiere in the 2011 edition of the Berlinale in the Forum section, and follows Jorgelino Vergara, a man who was complicit to torture during the Pinochet dictatorship, and who lives this past filled with contradictions. On the other hand, Opus Dei, a Silent Crusade, weaves its story by approaching one of the most powerful organizations in the Catholic Church.
Along with two of Said's films, we are also highlighting a director who stands out as a lead animation director in Chile. Here’s the Plan, by Fernanda Frick, offers a positive perspective on personal transformations, an important outlook during these hard times. This animated short film that in 2017 won the Best Latin American Children's Short Film award at the Valdivia International Film Festival 2017, is a modern fable reflecting on the different stages couples go through and the difficulty of having simple dreams in a society that values success and consumerism.
The three films will be available until next Thursday, April 2nd, where we will announce other productions, by both emerging and established filmmakers, that will be available without cost or subscription.
As CinemaChile, we also want to take this opportunity to send strength to everyone around the world, and we insist on the need to safeguard our health and that of others by staying home as much as possible.