I have just returned from an overnight trip to Geneva to introduce ¡Viva Chile mierda! and participate in a Q&A session after the screening. The film was very well received by the the audience comprised largely of Chilean exiles and their children. I was genuinely touched by the kind words they offered me and to be able to see how affected they were by the story of the film. I am extremely grateful to the warm hospitality shown to me by the organiser of Cine Mémorie, Jorge ‘Flavio’ Toro and also to the fabulous staff of the independent cinema, Cinelux where the event was held. If you are in Geneva you should definitely go and support this cinema. With the ever increasing homogenisation of screening venues in the world it is heartening that there are still these hold outs of truly independent cinema. This struggling cinema was taken over by the staff several years ago and it has managed to continue to overcome their financial struggles in order to bring interesting independent cinema to Geneva audiences.
I have just learned that my film has been selected to this year’s El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival. Viva Chile Mierda will compete against 4 others for the €1,000 prize for Best Documentary Feature. But really what I am most happy about is that my Aunt Gaby and her children will be able to see the film screened in a cinema near them. The festival takes place in Barcelona and Madrid from October 3-12. Go if you can and spread the word.
The programme has been published for the Ciclo de Cine Sobre El Exlio at the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile. Viva Chile Mierda will screen on September 16th at 7pm. After the screening the film will be available to the public in the museum’s audiovisual centre, CEDAV.
The programme for Geneva’s 2014 Latin American film series, Cinémémoire has been finalised. Screening in Geneva’s Cinelux theatre, this year’s programme focuses on Chile and I am very excited to be included in this list of seminal films and to be programmed alongside films like La Spirale by Armand Mattelart, Chile Obstinate Memory by Patricio Guzman (one of my favorite films!) and Machuca by Andrés Wood. (Fun fact: my cousins Ian and Paul went to the school that was the subject of the film Machuca and they knew the boys that the film is about.) The films will screen at the Cinélux cinema on Boulevard de Sant-George. My film will screen on September 18th and October 5th. I will be there in person for the September 18th screening. I hope to see some of you there!
You can download the complete programme here:
I have just received the pleasing news that my film has been selected for Glasgow’s Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival!
The festival takes place October 9 – 12 so mark your calendar Glasgow people. I expect all of the Glaswegians I know to go to this (you know who you are) and to tell your friends. I think I’ll be going so I’ll know if your not there. Also, let’s drink. 🙂
More details soon…
Over two months, as part of Cine Memoria, a Latin American film series organised by Kiltrofilms, Cinelux in Geneva will screen ¡Viva Chile mierda! on two separate nights (September 18th and October 5th). I know a few people in Geneva (you know who you are) so hopefully they will be able to go to this screening but if you’re reading this and are in any way near this cinema then you should definitely go too. 🙂 Oh, and tell your friends.
Boulevard de Saint-Georges 8
It looks like a great program. I am very excited to see all of these films next week. Hopefully I will see some of you there!
Although the festival catalogue isn't available yet (what's up with that people?) I have just been given the date and times of my screenings at FIDOCS. My film will screen on… drum roll please… Wednesday 25th at 11:30 and Friday 27th at 17:30.
The screenings will take place in the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre (Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 227, Barrio Lastarria, Santiago +56 2 2566 5500)
For more information about ticket prices and festival screening locations click here
Tickets go on sale on Monday the 23th of June. See you there!
I am pleased to announce that I have been asked to screen ¡Viva Chile mierda! at Queens University Belfast this Autumn. The film will screen at 4pm on October 15, 2014 and will be followed by a Q&A. I am grateful to Cahal McLaughlin, professor in Film Studies and the School of Creative Arts for the invitation. I look forward to meeting their students and hearing what they have to say about the issues raised in my film. I have never been to Ireland before so that is a bonus as is the beautiful architecture of the university.
I will post more information once I have it…
On September 16th, as part of their ongoing screenings from the collection and in conjunction with their Memories From Exile season, The Museum of Memory and Human Rights will screen ¡Viva Chile mierda!
The film is also available to view year-round in their audiovisual centre (CEDAV).
I am grateful for the support of this excellent institution and proud to be included in their archive.
Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos
Matucana 501, Metro Quinta Normal, Santiago – Chile
Fono: (562) 2 597 96 00