The Festival is pleased to welcome in Vancouver ALINE KÜPPENHEIM one of the most active and recognized Chilean actresses, with a filmography that goes hand in hand with the rise of Chilean cinema on the world scene.

For closing night, the Chilean film CHILE ’76 (Sun Sept 17) by acclaimed actor-director MANUELA MARTELLI, an intriguing historical noir that radiographs Pinochet’s patronizing and patriarchal society through the eyes of a steely bourgeoise woman who dares to take a stand. CHILE ’76 premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival (under the title 1976). We are very happy to host in Vancouver the star of the film, Chilean actor ALINE KÜPPENHEIM, who will also be in attendance for a special presentation to commemorate 20 years of the release of the iconic Chilean film MACHUCA, (Fri Sept 15) which won the People’s Choice Award at VIFF in 2004. Aline Küppenheim and Manuela Martelli both appear in the film.

ALINE KÜPPENHEIM studied theatre between 1988 and 1991 and began her career with the theater production The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht. In that same year, she made her debut in television. For a decade, she acted in fifteen different television shows that appeared on different local channels. During this time she acted in the films The man who imagined and Three Tall Women. In 2000, she decided to leave television to concentrate on films and theatre. Among her films are Dreaming of Julia, Machuca, The Good Life, Play, Cuban Blood, and Turistas. In 2005, she founded her own theater company, Teatro Milagros, (Theater Miracles) through which she researches and develops puppet productions. As a result, she has directed two montage productions: The Overcoat by Gogol and On the Line by Mike Kenny, both are currently touring internationally. It was also during this time that Kuppenheim returned to the small screen and acted in several television shows. Her last project was acting in the first season of the Fugitives on HBO. Currently, she is filming the second season of Fugitives and is preparing the premier of the play All passengers must go down by Alejandro Seveking and directed by Alejandro Goic.