Today we invite you to watch two award-winning Chilean films of the early 2010’s. IGLÚ (2014), Diego Ruiz's debut feature, explores a young man's complex relationships with sexuality, intimacy and addiction, and is brimming with poignant performances. San Juan the longest night (2012) is the short film that introduced the world to the bold and focused author-driven gaze of Claudia Huaiquimilla, one of the most prominent emerging directors coming out of Chile. We invite you to watch these two films that, in different ways, speak about both internal and collective growth.
IGLÚ follows Daniel, a young and talented illustrator who lives with a deep depression as a result of his relationship with an older man, his university professor. Salvation comes through his neighbor Paula, an agoraphobic therapist, with whom Daniel begins an intense relationship. During the film, the director emphasizes the importance for mental health care in the healing process, through an interesting character-study. Based on the theater play “Feuerlaufen” by Ulrike Freising, Ruiz translates the scenic elements of the script into disturbing and effective performances, embodied by Ruiz himself, Alejandro Goic, Alessandra Guerzoni and Camila Hirane.
Produced by Storyboard Media, the film premiered in 2013 at the OutFest International Festival in Los Angeles, where Ruiz won the jury's special award for Emerging Talent. In addition, it won Best Film, Best Actor (Diego Ruiz) & Best Director at the Mar del Plata Festival, and was premiered nationally at SANFIC.
With sensitivity and courage, Saint John the Longest Night tells the story of Cheo, a restless and misfit child, mistreated by his father every time he drinks excessively. The festival of San Juan that his mapuche community is preparing could be the perfect instance in which Cheo could find revenge. The short follows the emotional pulse of its characters and their relationship to the environment, with a secure and intimate feel. It was awarded at Clermont Ferrand in 2013 and received more than 15 awards both locally and internationally. Here the talent and unique viewpoint of Huaiquimilla is evident, one that she continued to develop in her feature film Mala Junta (2016), awarded in Toulouse, Guadalajara and Havana and nominated for 2 Platinum Awards.
LANZA VERDE is a production company founded by Huaiquimilla and Pablo Greene in 2013. Currently, they are developing the long-awaited second feature by Huaiquimilla, My brothers dreamawake , awarded at the Guadalajara lab and the FICValdivia WIP. They are also developing the fiction feature film El Cuentero , an international co-production with Incubadora (Ecuador), which will be recorded in 2021; the comedy mockumentary, A Song to Die , by Pablo Greene; María Cortés's debut feature La fever made us forget, winner of a Screenplay Fund; and the animated film Buen Perro , Pangui , in co-production with Niño Viejo and Plastivida, winner of CORFO 2019.