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France / Chile
2017, 94 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2017

Contemporary Chilean cinema is present at every major festival, and things were no different this year at Cannes where Marcela Said’s second movie played Critics’ Week. This disturbing psycho-romance with political overtones brings together pampered fortysomething Marina and Juan, a former army officer troubled by a dark past (starring Antonia Zegers and Alfredo Castro from The Club).


Contemporary Chilean cinema is present at every major festival, and things were no different this year at Cannes, where Marcela Said’s second movie played Critics’ Week. In this disturbing psycho-romance with political overtones, pampered fortysomething Marina takes up horseback riding to compensate for a father who ignores her and a husband who couldn't care less. Her riding teacher is Juan, who is twenty years her senior. A former army officer with a dark past, The Colonel, as he is known, is under investigation for human rights violations committed while in the military decades earlier. “I met several former soldiers who, when being investigated for their actions during the dictatorship, felt betrayed not only by their ‘military family,’ but also by the civilians who had previously supported the regime. I found this really intriguing,” confides Said. Her film shows that the invisible walls built by the privileged members of Chilean society, in a buck-passing attempt to cut themselves off from the past, are not impenetrable. The movie features top-flight performances from Antonia Zegers and Alfredo Castro, who also starred in The Club.

Karel Och

About the director

Marcela Said

Marcela Said (b. 1972, Santiago de Chile), director and screenwriter, studied aesthetics in Chile and film and media at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1999 she shot Valparaíso, and two years later she made the documentary I Love Pinochet. Her next two documentaries, Opus Dei, una cruzada silenciosa (2006) and The Young Butler (El mocito, 2011), were co-directed with Jean de Certeau, and the latter film premiered in Berlin’s Forum section. Said’s feature-film debut, The Summer of the Flying Fish (El verano de los peces voladores, 2013), was presented in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Marcela Said
Screenplay: Marcela Said
Dir. of Photography: George Lechaptois
Editor: Jean de Certeau
Art Director: Maria Eugenia Hederra, Pascual Mena
Producer: Sophie Erbs, Tom Dercourt, Augusto Matte
Production: Cinema Defacto, Jirafa Films
Coproduction: Rei Cine Argentina, Terratreme Films, Augenschein Filmproduktion
Cast: Antonia Zegers, Alfredo Castro, Rafael Spregelburd, Alejandro Sieveking, Elvis Fuentes
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