As mentioned last month, I shall make this post at every start of the month, highlighting what I saw or have seen at the National Cinematheque that we have in Chile, the one that is at our government house, La Moneda. They have retrospectives and new releases, it’s always interesting to go and have a look each day, at least one thing of real interest will be playing, I can’t recommend it enough, they’re lovely and always a great time to be there.
This month I managed to see some films from the retrospective that they’re having right now, I’m going to explain all the “sections” that are available in the list of movies by the end of this post:
– 40 años (40 Years): 40 Years has passed since the coup d’ètat that destroyed democracy in Chile, and the National Cinematheque did a spectacular program of films made in the time of the coup, before and after, from all over the world but always related. Maybe the most interesting of all the programs this month.
– Cine Chino (Chinese Cinema): This month there was a small retrospective of recently released Chinese films, either from Mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong, focused on the biggest and most famous directors working right now.
– Día Mundial del Patrimonio Audiovisual (National Day of the Audiovisual Patrimony): A single movie restoration was shown for the celebration of the national day of audiovisual patrimony.
– Estreno (Premiere): Any section with the word ‘Estreno’ means that it’s a premiere, a new movie coming out in cinemas (or just in this particular screen) that could be called a premiere in Chile.
– Muestra – Seminario El Documental Norteamericano Contemporáneo: La Producción de Harvard (Symposium, The North American Documentary, the Harvard Production): A famous professor from Harvard came to Chile to talk about modern documentaries that came out from people who studied in Harvard.
– Visiones Laterales – La Fuga (Laterall Visions – La Fuga): A monthly showing of short obscure films that have no distribution under the trademark of La Fuga, the most famous chilean film academic magazine.
As always, you have the films that I saw, a translation if needed, the section in which they were programmed (look up for meanings of that), a rating and a review if available. Have a nice month everyone!
1. Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster) (2013, Wong Kar Wai) (Cine Chino) *****
2. 100 niños esperando un tren (100 Kids Waiting for a Train) (1988, Ignacio Agüero) (40 años) ****1/2
3. 74 m2 (2012, Paola Castillo, Tiziana Panizza) (MIRADOC – Estreno Documental) ****1/2
4. Mi vida con Carlos (My Life with Carlos) (2010, Germán Berger) (Estreno Exclusivo Documental Chileno) ****
5. De jueves a domingo (From Thursday Until Sunday) (2012, Dominga Sotomayor Castillo) (Estreno Chileno) ****
6. Al final: La última carta (At the end: The Last Letter) (2012, Tiziana Panizza) (Visiones Laterales – La Fuga) ****
7. Leviathan (2012, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel) (Muestra – Seminario El Documental Norteamericano Contemporáneo: La Producción de Harvard) ****
8. El zapato chino (Chinese Shoe) (1980, Cristián Sánchez) (40 años) ***1/2
9. A la sombra del sol (Under the Shadow of the Sun) (1974, Silvio Caiozzi, Pablo Perelman) (40 años) ***1/2
10. Negocio redondo (A Sure Deal) (2001, Ricardo Carrasco) (Día Mundial del Patrimonio Audiovisual) ***1/2