Nanni Moretti's 'Santiago, Italia' to Close Turin Film Festival

Nanni Moretti

The Palme d'Or-winning director of 'The Son's Room' will debut his newest film, a documentary on Italy's role in Chile's bloody military coup.

Palme d'Or-winning director Nanni Moretti will unveil his latest film, Santiago, Italia as the closing night gala for the 36th Turin Film Festival on Dec 1. 

Santiago, Italia is a documentary examining Italy's role in Chile following the military coup that on Sept. 11, 1973, ended Salvador Allende's democratically elected government.

Through raw footage and the words of firsthand witnesses from the months following the coup, the film highlights the role played by the Italian embassy in Santiago, which gave shelter to hundreds of adversaries of General Pinochet's regime, eventually helping them find a way to Italy. 

Santiago, Italia is produced by Sacher Film, Le Pacte, Storyboard Media and Rai Cinema. Academy Two will distribute the film in Italy shortly after its Turin premiere Dec. 6. 

Turin is the second-largest film festival in Italy after Venice, with a focus on independent and experimental films.

Its main competition focuses on emerging filmmakers in an effort to highlight new cinema talent. In the past, directors including David Gordon Green, Pablo Larrain and Damien Chazelle have all taken home top prizes. 

Moretti served as director of the festival from 2007 to 2008. Film critic Emanuela Martini is currently the director, one of Italy's few female festival chiefs. 

The 36th Turin Film Festival takes place Nov. 23-Dec. 1.