We’re very proud to announce Chile as Guest Country at Raindance Film Festival 2018! The Chilean Film Industry has been in its top form over the past few years. Not sure where to start watching Chilean Film? Don’t worry, we have compiled a list of the top five films made by Chilean filmmakers in the last couple of years:

 

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

 

A Fantastic Woman, directed by Sebastián Lelio and starring Daniela Vega, competed for the Golden Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. This year, the Academy awarded A Fantastic Woman the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the first Chilean film to win this award. The film follows the story of transgender woman Marina (Vega) as she reckons with the death of her older partner and the brutal coldness of his family.

 

 

Gloria (2013)

 

Gloria, directed by Sebastián Lelio and starring Paulina García, follows the free-spirit older lady Gloria (García) as she takes on the nightlife of Santiago, Chile. While out and about, she forms a romantic relationship with a former naval officer. The film premiered at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival and Paulina García won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.

 

 

Jackie (2016)

 

Jackie, directed by Pablo Larraín and starring Natalie Portman, competed for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. It also received three Academy Award nominations: Best Actress, Best Original Score and Best Costume Design. The film details the week after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy from the perspective of his wife Jackie (Portman), as she quickly realizes that the next seven days will determine how history will define her husband’s legacy – and how she herself will be remembered.

 

 

No (2012)

 

No, a historical drama directed by Pablo Larraín, is based on the unpublished play El Plebiscito by Antonio Skármeta.The film stars Gael García Bernal as René, an advertising man working during the 1988 Chilean plebiscite that decided the faith of dictator Augusto Pinochet. In 2013, Noreceived a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

 

 

Neruda (2016)

 

Neruda is a biographical drama directed by Pablo Larraín starring Luis Gnecco. The film frames the suppression of Chilean Communists in 1948 and poet Pablo Neruda’s (Gnecco) subsequent escape on horseback across the Andes. The world premiere of the film was at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and in 2017, Neruda received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language.

 

About 

Hedvig is a writer and actress currently interning at Raindance Film Festival. She is in the process of finalizing her BA in International Relations at the American University of Paris. She has previously completed a two-year conservatory program in method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York. She dreams of completing a feature script.