Closing Night Film: CHILE ’76

Sunday, Sept 17 at 6:00 PM
The Cinematheque

JUST ADDED: Second screening at 8:30 PM!!!

Lead actress Aline Küppenheim in attendance

Director: Manuela Martelli
Chile | 2022 | Spanish with English subtitles | 95 min

Sliding Scale Tickets:
Closing Night Film: $13 / $15 / $18 / $21

Plus $3 VLAFF Membership required

Presented with the support of the Consulate General of Chile in Vancouver.

It’s winter 1976 and for upper-class Chilean housewife Carmen (Aline Küppenheim), life’s most pressing concerns centre around which cashmere sweater to wear and what shade of pink looks best on the walls of her family’s Las Cruces beach house. Forgoing her medical training for a life of privilege as the wife of a successful doctor, she’s unexpectedly called upon by local priest Father Sánchez to, in absolute secrecy, nurse critically wounded Elías back to health. As the relationship between nurse and patient deepens, and bodies of disappeared political dissidents begin washing up on local beaches, Carmen finds herself walking a very dangerous tightrope. —Hebe Tabachnik, SIFF

Nominated for the Caméra d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

“The filmis equal parts character study and taut political drama. Mariá Portugal’s score sets a foreboding tone, regularly thrumming at a low, eerie level, like the sound emanating from a haunted house right before a jump scare takes place. There is no payoff, no cathartic visualisation of fear, only a persistent sense of dread that never fully dissipates.” —Lindsay Pugh, Seventh Row

(Santiago, Chile, 1983). Manuela Martelli has acted in more than 15 films, including director Andrés Wood’s iconic Machuca (2004). In 2010, she received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a Masters in Film at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Apnea, her first short film premiered at FICValdivia in 2014. She was selected by Cannes Directors Fortnight’s Chile Factory to co-direct a short film with Amirah Tajdin, called Land Tides, which premiered at the Fortnight in 2015. Chile ’76 is her feature film debut.