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Santiago Film Fest Kicks Off With 'Roa'

SANFIC will screen more than 100 films including 14 world premieres and an unprecedented Chilean slate.

BUENOS AIRES – The Santiago de Chile Film Festival kicks-off today with Andres Baiz’s Roa, starring SANFIC guest Catalina Sandino Moreno. Based on Miguel Torres’ book The Crime of the Century, the Colombian-Argentine coproduction is set in the late 1940s and centers on Juan Roa Sierra (Mauricio Puentes), the alleged murderer of Bogota Mayor and popular presidential candidate Jorge Eliecer Gaitan.

Spread on five venues across Santiago de Chile, the SANFIC program features latest entries from A-list festivals such as Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.

In this ninth edition, the fest’s local slate has an unprecedented number of 19 Chilean feature-length films, with two of them in the official international competition: Gonzalo Diaz’s I Am From Chile, and Che Sandoval’s Much Better Than You.

Industry arm SANFIC INDUSTRIA selects Latin American projects in different stages of production through its several side-bars (LatAm Work in Progress, SantiagoLAB) for counseling on distribution and production, as well as money prizes and invitations to international markets. SANFIC INDUSTRIA will also be the first LatAm stage of the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund Workshop organized together with the Tribeca Film Institute. The program aims to support five emerging filmmakers from Brazil, Mexico and Chile on their future documentary projects.

SANFIC international guest list includes also includes French helmer Laurent Cantet (Foxfire), and Mexican cinematographer Eugenio Caballero (Pan’s Labyrinth)

Presented by CorpBanca and organized by CorpArtes the 9th edition of SANFIC will take place from Aug. 23-31.