The film about the Spanish Civil War wins at the Santiago International Documentary Festival


For nine days, a heterogeneous audience gathered at the Santiago International Documentary Festival, which in this 26th edition led to enjoying a careful and varied cinematographic offer in the independent cinemas of the capital.

Among the documentary feature films, the Jury of the National Competition, composed of Carolina Urrutia, Angelina Vazquez and Nicolás Videla, awarded “Song to a Shadow Lady” by Carolina Astudillo as Best National Film.

In 117 minutes, this drama shows us a woman waiting for a man who enlisted at the front at the beginning of the Spanish civil war. The letters she receives from the man, which she reads to her children by candlelight, encapsulate the passage of time and the conflict of eternal patience that thousands of women have experienced in the European conflict, but which is tirelessly repeated throughout the world. world. .

“The ability to cinematically intertwine times and cultures that make waiting, exile, pain and death a continuum that upsets love and social, political and intimate affiliations” are the main reason why the jury awarded this award to the national director.

Best National Film “Song to a Lady in the Shadow”, by Carolina Astudillo.

international competition

The disputed International Competition left “E Noite na América” ​​the winner in the Best International Film category.

Ana Vaz’s work has shown the life of fauna and humans in Brasilia from an animal perspective to raise the question: are animals invading our cities or are we occupying their habitat? A playful proposal that the international Jury composed of the Bolivian Kiro Russo, the Chilean-American Niles Atallah and the Spanish Elena Duque highlighted:

“We decided to award ‘E noite na América’ for being a film that with few elements, with a form more animal than human and where the wild mixes with the precise, speaks of an apocalypse that doesn’t seem like a bad option for the future”, claimed the jury regarding the title which also won the award for the best first film, framed in the category of the Young Jury Special Award, made up of students and new generations of national documentary.

They underlined that “it is a film made from a sensitive perspective, which proposes a new poetics of coexistence, and which invites us to reflect and reconsider our own animality”. They also point out that “through a cinematic language of a militant nature and outside of anthropocentrism, he shows us an environmental urgency that we as a generation are aware of.”

The award for Ana Vaz’s “E noite na América” ​​in the Best International Film category was chosen by the jury composed of Niles Atallah, Kiro Russo and Elena Duque.

The Special Mention of the International Jury was assigned to “Eami” by the Paraguayan Paz Encina. This documentary presents the story of Asojna, the bird-god-woman who transmutes into spirit in the midst of forced displacement, in memory of a people who have to migrate from their place of origin.

“Because it manages to address the indigenous issue with intelligence, bringing a conflict into the viewer’s head through the evocation of what is seen, combining oral tradition with the power of color, image and sound”, justified the jury about the prize.

The Youth Jury awarded one of the most awaited shows of the programme: “How to save a dead friend” by Marusya Syroechkovskaya. A window on adolescent emotional ties, addictions and political and social instabilities that two young Russians have been experiencing for over 15 years of recordings. Where through technology, music and revolution they manage to account for the oppressions, anxieties and miseries of this generation.

Prominent Chilean filmmaker Ignacio Agüero received the Jury Mention for “Notes for a film”, a brilliant and thoughtful work in which a timeless fabric is organized on the Wallmapu, traversing the territory in a way that never ceases to amaze . From the diary texts of Gustave Verniory, the engineer in charge of building the railway in the Araucanía area, we were able to decipher this cinematic space of the human and geographical landscape. The jury highlighted “the brilliant and thoughtful way in which the director organizes a timeless fabric on Wallmapu, traversing the territory in a way that he never ceases to amaze us”.

Another local name that gets a jury mention is Wincy Oyarce for his work on “So Filthy and So Happy.” The transvestite artist, icon and reference, is capable of challenging us with her story, transgressing the logic of normality through her rebellious thought and her subversive practice. The Jury awarded this Mention “for the contribution it makes to the memory of sexual dissidence in Chile through a historical figure who challenges us and transgresses the logic of normality through subversive thought and practice”.

The Award for Best Emerging Short Film went to “The Phantom Touch”, by the Chilean Pablo Cuturrufo.

Short winners in FIDOCS

FIDOCS has managed to bring the short format closer to our lives and in this 2022 release we have three winners worth highlighting. The award for best emerging short film went to “The Phantom Touch”, by the Chilean Pablo Cuturrufo. It is the story of a VR Chat user who, using an avatar, travels through different virtual worlds in which he creates relationships and interactions with others, managing to capture the conflicts of the younger generation, such as anxiety about the future and doubts about the purpose .of life.

The Special Mention of the Emerging Short Films Jury went to Francesca Carvallo and Nina Salvador for “Pandémica”. Stop using contraceptives in the midst of a pandemic and create a life diary of what is happening in your body and in your limited confined environment, emphasizing irregular periods in stressful episodes and resynchronizing with your nature when you join the feminist tribe ; are thematic spaces that this acclaimed title explores with intimacy and courage.

The public is an important part of the Santiago International Documentary Festival and not only because of their great participation and entertainment. FIDOCS, in alliance with the MUBI platform, has received an award from the viewers themselves and this 2022 was for “Disforia Fútbol Club”. Inti Lorca’s documentary focused on the self-management of the trans-Chilean community within segregated and binary sports spaces such as soccer. In the audience-winning play, we see how brotherhood and resilience end up addressing the patriarchal history of the sport and Chilean society. This short film is visible on Teatroamil.tv until December 7 thanks to the alliance with Fundación Teatro a Mil.

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