Chilean Cinema Day is celebrated on November 29, in memory of directors Carmen Bueno and Jorge Müller, who, in 1974, were arrested by DINA agents and are still missing. An appointment that seeks to account for the importance of cinema as a tool for social change and which at the Cineteca Nacional de Chile will be tackled with various activities, including the exhibition: Cinema in Chilean cinema, which will last a week.
As part of this commemoration, a special screening of the 1971 short films Crónica del salitre by Angelina Vázquez, whose cinematographer was Jorge Müller and Flores SA, co-directed by a group of students from the UC School of Communication Arts, among them director Carmen Bueno. The activity, which will be attended by representatives of the audiovisual sector and people close to the directors, also foresees the inauguration of a permanent exhibition in the foyer of the cinema, with copies of Chilean film posters conserved in the archive of the National Film Archive of Chile, which can be visited from that day.
“It is very important to remember this date because we go back to thinking about our cinematic history, how important it is to protect and disseminate it, how it contributes to our historical memory. But we must never forget its origin, which arises from the unjust absence of Carmen Bueno and Jorge Müller. Two young creators whose talents have been crushed by a civil-military repression, who rightly feared what an authentic Chilean cinema could generate: identity, community and reflections on our realities,” comments Marcelo Morales, director of the Cineteca Nacional de Chile. .
In the meantime, on Tuesday 29, at 7 pm, there will be a free screening, subject to booking tickets on the Cineteca Nacional website, of the documentary Antofagasta, the Hollywood of South America, by Adriana Zuanic. Explore the silent cinema of Antofagasta from the 1920s, through testimonies of places, period reconstructions and graphic and cinematographic documents, recounting the journey of a city in search of its lost cinematic heritage.
For its part, the exhibition “Cinema in Chilean cinema” will be held from 23 to 30 November. It includes seven face-to-face screenings with domestic films that directly or indirectly reveal the filmmaking process, i.e. films that are about films or about making films.
The selection includes fiction and documentaries ranging from 1944 to 2016 and its performances will take place at 17:00 in the microcinema of the Cineteca Nacional de Chile (and at 16:00 on Sunday 27). Titles include Escándalo de Jorge Délano (Wednesday 23); Life kills me by Sebastián Silva (Thursday 24); Smiles from Chile by José Bohr (Friday 25); Stories on the future of Gestation by Pachi Bustos + Grupo Proceso (Saturday 26); As I Want I and II by Ignacio Agüero (Sunday 27 at 16:00); Hollywood is like this by Jorge Délano (Tuesday 29); and The wind knows I’m coming home by José Luis Torres Leiva (Wednesday 30).
“It was interesting for us to show this cycle in which Chilean cinema itself is thought about, through plot games or more conceptual explorations. All these films put cinema at the centre, but also as an important instance for thinking about what it means to be an inhabitant of this country. As Cineteca Nacional de Chile we also have this role, protecting and disseminating this audiovisual heritage with the aim, precisely, of seeing and getting to know each other better. In this sense, cinema is essential for our society,” adds Morales.
The Cineteca Nacional de Chile will also be part of the programming of the traditional commemorative day organized by the Museum of Memory and Human Rights on the 29th. This, through a special screening of the documentary Two years in Finland, by Angelina Vázquez, which portrays the Chilean community of exiles in that country after the coup d’état of 1973, and which is protected by the Cineteca archive. The exhibition will be held live at 2.30pm, with free admission.
Special feature Chilean Cinema Day
Antofagasta, the Hollywood of South America (Adriana Zuanic, 2002, 90 min, fiction)
Tuesday 29 November | 7:00 pm.
Free admission, by reservation here.
Example: Cinema in Chilean cinema
Functions: 5pm | Microcinema, level -2
Scandal (Jorge Délano, 1940, 72 min, fiction) | Wednesday 23 November
Life kills me (Sebastián Silva, 2007, 89 min, fiction) | Thursday 24 November
Smiles from Chile (José Bohr, 1970, 100 min, fiction) | Friday 25 November
Tales about the future (Pachi Bustos, 2012, 68 min, documentary) + Gestation (Grupo Proceso, 1989, 34 min, documentary | Saturday 26 November
As I Want (Ignacio Agüero, 1985, 30 min, documentary) + As I Want II (Ignacio Agüero, 2016, 86 min, documentary) | Sunday 27 November
Hollywood is like this (Jorge Délano, 1944, 94 min, fiction) | Tuesday 29 November
The wind knows I’m coming home (José Luis Torres Leiva, 2016, 104 min, documentary) | Wednesday 30 November