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Film, in general, is a very booming industry, with films being released every week from every part of the world. There are many sites on the internet that are specially made for film enthusiasts, from discussing film theories to film techniques, there is always something for everyone. Hollywood is known for its non-stop and high-quality films, but Chilean films are also on the rise with beautiful cinematography and well-written plot. Here are some things you need to know about Chilean Film.

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Cinema Of Chile

All films produced in Chile or made by Chileans are referred to as Chilean cinema. It began in the early twentieth century, with the first Chilean film screening in 1902 and the first Chilean feature film being released in 1910. El Hsar de la Muerte (1925) is the oldest surviving film, while Patrullas de Avanzada (1931) was the last silent film. Despite certain box-office hits such as El Diamante de Maharajá, the Chilean cinema industry suffered in the late 1940s and early 1950s. With films like Three Sad Tigers (1968), Jackal of Nahueltoro (1969), and Valparaiso mi Amor (1969), the “New Chilean Cinema” emerged in the 1960s.

Film output was poor after the 1973 military takeover, with many directors working in exile. It grew after Pinochet’s rule ended in 1989, with rare critical and/or popular triumphs including Johnny cien pesos (1993), Historias de Ftbol (1997), and Gringuito (1998). Films like El Chacotero Sentimental: la Pelicula (1999), Sexo con Amor (2003), Sub Terra (2003), and Machuca (2004) had more box office success in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but were overtaken by Stefan vs Kramer (2012) and Sin filtro (2016). 

The Transition of Cinema Post-Dictatorship

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Many artists and filmmakers who had escaped abroad returned when Pinochet eventually stepped down in 1990, eager to share their stories of exile and hardship. However, not everyone in Chile was interested in hearing it. What the Argentines named “El Destape” (The Opening) became known in Chile as “The Transition.” The first signals of a rebirth in the film industry appeared in the 1990s. The ‘Festival of Re-Encounters’ during the Third International Film Festival in Via del Mar became known as the ‘Festival of Re-Encounters,’ as films by exiled directors were presented for the first or second time.

As a result, filmmakers began to address the dictatorship’s legacy, none more wonderfully than Patricio Guzmán, with the first instalment of his trilogy Nostalgia For The Light (2010). This mild yet highly touching film uses metaphor as well as real documentary evidence to explore prior experiences. Everything is memory, as relatives scour the stones of the Atacama Desert for bits of their gone ancestors, and as stargazers examine the heavens for information of the past. As a result, we have poetry that is both hard-hitting and incredibly beautiful, as well as one of Chile’s most emotional films.

Oscar-worthy Chilean Films

Chile is thriving, and honours are on the way. No (directed by Pablo Larran) was the first Chilean film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman (2017) is the first film to win it in 2017.

No depicts the tale of the contentious 1988 referendum through the eyes of a young publicist (Gal Garca Bernal), who returns to Chile from exile in Mexico during the height of General Pinochet’s military dictatorship to play a key part in the “No” campaign, which led to the country’s democratization. 

Sebastian Lelio’s film A Fantastic Woman, on the other hand, has made a significant influence all over the world. The fact that it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was important. In every manner, trans actress Daniela ‘Dani’ Vega’s performance is enthralling and profoundly heartbreaking. When her fiancée dies unexpectedly in the film, she must deal with the prejudiced ramifications hurled at her by his family, leading to a tragic rediscovery.

Moving Forward

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A new generation of young filmmakers is now on the rise. These are post-Pinochet generation young creatives who have never known dictatorship. They’re bringing new issues, with topics growing more diversified and global, and less fixed on specific previous experiences in some respects. Other existential values have begun to emerge, such as those in Matas Bize’s In Bed (2005) and Saturday (2002), with themes of alienation, solitude, loneliness, consumerism, trans difficulties, and more. Despite this, the historical legacy persists and pervades practically all works on a subconscious level, with some filmmakers attempting to help people ‘digest’ the past by exposing them to horrors on screen.