A new edition of Thursdays of Chilean Cinema is approaching and it’s coming with loads of surprises.
We’re preparing a complete program of Chilean films and directors for you to discover, with special sections and fresh perspectives, as well as retrospectives of our cinema classics.
As we have been preparing all the details for a new edition, we couldn’t stand to wait and wanted to distinguish the talented female directors of the first cycle, who were a big hit with global audiences.
Last year we showed 44 feature films and 50 shorts that were seen by more than 63,500 people, where 40% of the works were directed by women, 60% were fiction films, and 40% were documentaries.
During the 80 weeks of the program, we covered the political and the poetic, the niche and the massive, with films that proposed reflections on violence and inequality, the body and power, Mapuche resistance and racism in Chile.
We are moved and encouraged by the possibility of continuing to promote the works of our talented directors and creators, providing bridges for reflection and dialogue through cinema.
Soon we will return with a complete program, but in the meantime, we invite you to watch (or re-watch!) these jewels by the hands of Nayra Ilic and Flavia Contreras, two of the most viewed directors of our 2020 edition.
Both pose deep explorations about what is intimate and political, and as of today. and for a week, you will get to rediscover them.
This Thursday: The dreaminess of the everyday
In Square Meter, which premiered in 2011 at the Palm Springs Film Festival, Naya Ilic narrates a crisis between a young couple who decide to begin to live together, questioning the traditional notion of family through the observation of daily life, leaving aside the cliches of life as a couple.
Ilic manages to situate the spectator in a position of voyeur, providing a detailed observation of the characters’ relationship with their surroundings, making us witnesses to their personal spaces, and showing us how a person, even in the company of another, can feel completely alone.
During Here and Everywhere, which premiered in 2019 at Visions du Réel, Flavia Contreras traces a dreamlike map toward the construction of an imaginary territory, a place constructed by the dispute between the individual and the collective.
Its attempts at capturing autobiographical elements and their intersection with the political history of Chile create a sort of utopian visual poetry.
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