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Concrete Movies / Youth Centre
Thursday October 20th at 19 pm
Film screening followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, Adrian Goycoolea

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Well this is a nice piece of news to end the year with; Viva Chile Mierda has been included in this list of 10 best Chilean films of the year according to Twitch! I haven’t seen all these films but the ones I have seen were great so I am very pleased to have been included in this list, especially since many of the other films had actual theatrical releases in Chile. My film only played at FIDOCS and at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago so I am amazed that it was even on their radar let alone memorable enough to be included in their end of year round up. 2014 has been a pretty good year for me. Here’s hoping 2015 is even better. Happy New Year everyone!

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10 Best Chilean Films of 2014 – Twitch

IMG_1114Viva Chile Mierda will screen at Brighton’s CINECITY Film Festival on Wednesday November 26th at 6:00pm in the Sallis Benney Theatre in downtown Brighton.

Weds Nov 26 @6pm
Sallis Benney Theatre
58-67 Grand Parade

Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JY

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Download the complete programme here:

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Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 11.32.36On Wednseday I will be in Northern Ireland to present ¡Viva Chile Mierda! at the School of Creative Arts in Queens University Belfast. I am very pleased to have been invited by Professor Cahal McLaughlin to screen screen and discuss my work to their students. I have never been to Belfast before so I am greatly looking forward to this trip. This event series is open to the general public and is free so if you are Belfast you are more than welcome to attend even if you are not a student. Hopefully I will see some of you there.

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I am pleased to announce that my film has been selected for this year’s CINECITY Film Festival in Brighton, where I live. The festival takes place in the city’s historic Duke of York’s Picture House as well as other venues around downtown Brighton.

I have only just received the acceptance email and so I don’t have much more info as of yet. More to follow. Watch this space.

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Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 08.31.42The festival schedule has now been finalised for Glasgow’s Document International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. There’s a slew of very interesting looking films programmed for the festival this year and I am please to be included in this line up. My film screens at 3:45pm on Friday the 10th. If you are in Glasgow that weekend do check out this festival and see if you can make to my screening. Hopefully I will see you there!

Full festival schedule here.

Viva Chile Mierda has also been highlighted on the festival’s website and given a “Programmer’s Pick”

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It’s not everyday that one can say that their mother (in her late 70s) was able to find something on the internet that I, her tech-savvy son, had missed but apparently there was a review of my film on the chilean film website (blog?) Revius. It is very positive (which is why I am telling you about it) but it is always interesting to see how viewers respond to my film and this review reflects on the film’s positioning of ‘Papudo’ Valenzuela as a ‘hero’ then as ‘villain’ in an interesting way. The reviewer also mistakenly assumes that my father was in favour of the military coup because of his use of the term ‘military government’ rather than ‘dictatorship.’ To be honest I never knew (and I don’t believe my father knew either) that this way of referring to the Pinochet regime was so significant but now that I think about it, of course it is! Anyway, go ahead and read the full review via the link below. It’s in Spanish of course. Google translate at your own risk…

http://revius.net/2014/06/28/fidocs-2014-viva-chile-mierda-2013/

ojoCojoI 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.

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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.

Click here for the full programme.

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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:

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