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Chile Touches Down in Guadalajara with Six Films in Official Competition

In the industrial area, five production companies funded by the Ministry of Cultures, Arts, and Heritage will participate. There will be seven projects in different sections, with a total of 15 production houses attending, elevating the total delegation to over 30 professionals.

The Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG, in Mexico) is one of the major showcases for Chilean audiovisuals in the region, both in terms of the competitive sections of the event and projects presented in the industry area.

Gabriela Sandoval, co-general coordinator of CinemaChile and President of the APCT (Association of Film and Television Producers), explains that “in this edition, number 39, we observe a clear commitment of our films to social issues and significant presence of co-productions with countries like Brazil, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Mexico, the Netherlands, or Colombia, among others.”

Moreover, the executive highlighted the new tribute to Alfredo Castro “for the weight that Guadalajara represents in the cinematography of our region.” She recalled that previously, Castro had received recognition for his brilliant career at the Venice Film Festival, in Toulouse, or at the one organized by Princeton University in New York at the end of last year.

Minister of Cultures, Arts, and Heritage, Carolina Arredondo, analyzes that Chile’s strong presence at the FICG “is another demonstration of the importance of intersectoral work for the strengthening of public policies.” In that sense, she stated that concrete measures “such as the return of the IFI and the bill establishing tax benefits for foreign companies filming in Chile will further benefit creators.”

Ibero-American Fiction Feature Competition:

Penal Cordillera” by Felipe Carmona (Chile, Brazil) tells the story of the five cruelest torturers of Pinochet’s dictatorship, serving sentences of hundreds of years in a luxury prison. When they find out they will be moved, they do everything in their power to stay, unleashing delirium and violence.

Delirium” by Alexandra Latishev (Costa Rica, Chile) is a psychological thriller about a girl who is isolated to be protected from the inevitable danger of the outside world.

The Dog Thief” by Vinko Salinas (Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, France, and Italy) narrates the story of Martin (14), a shoeshine boy working on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia, who decides to steal the dog of his best customer, a lonely tailor he has begun to imagine as his father.

Ibero-American Documentary Feature Competition:

The Fabulous Gold Harvesting Machine” (Chile, Netherlands) directed by Alfredo Pourailly de la Plaza. It focuses on a fabulous love story between a gold seeker and his young cowboy son, filmed over 7 years on the distant island of Tierra del Fuego, showing that shared dreams can become reality.

Another Skin” (Chile, Colombia) by Patricia Correa. Miguel is a renowned taxidermist and expert hunter. Private clients turn to him to naturalize pets and exotic animals. Through his craft, Miguel will make us reflect on how we relate to other species.

International Short Film Competition:

The Cannon” (Chile) by Martín Seeger, tells the story of Jean, a Haitian migrant in Chile, admired wherever he performs. Additionally, his body represents all the classic values of academia. However, in the anonymity of his existence, he is also a canon of marginality.

Industry:

For Raúl Vilchés, head of the Department of Creative Industries at ProChile, the FICG “thanks to Chile’s continuous participation for over fifteen years – articulated by ProChile, CinemaChile, and the private sector – Chilean cinema has been positioned in the market.” And he highlights Chile’s stand in the industry area as a meeting point.

Six projects have been selected in the industry sections. In Episode 0 (series in development), “The Island” (Río Estudios) and “Deliver Us from the Fire of Hell” (Equeco) will be featured; in the Coproduction Encounter: “Maybe Tomorrow Everything Starts Again” (Avispacine), “Nakamura” (Juntos Films); in DocuLab “Here the Silence is Heard” (Grieta Cine, Cine Matriz) and “Calle Cuba between Sun and Bitterness” (Dsafia Productions).

In addition to this selection, eight more production houses are participating: Afro Films, Quijote Films, Avispa Cine, Carnada Films, Parox S.A., Pejeperro Films, Genesis, and Filmo Estudios.

 


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