'Redemption,' 'La Isla' to Open Valdivia Film Fest


The short films by Miguel Gomes and Dominga Sotomayor with Katarzina Klimkiewicz will kick-off the 20th anniversary edition of the renowned Chilean festival.

BUENOS AIRES  -- Two short films, Redemption (Miguel Gomes) and La Isla (Dominga Sotomayor and Katarzina Klimkiewicz)will serve as Opening Films for the 20th edition of the Valdivia film festival, one of the most renowned in the region.

The festival's full competitive program and international guest list will be announced  this afternoon at a press conference in Santiago, led by fest director and film producer Bruno Bettati.

Miguel Gomes' Redemption is an archive footage collage of melancholic evocations by four characters (later revealed as key European politicians). The film  just premiered in Venice and is now headed for Toronto.

La Isla is the result of the CPH:DOX LAB initiative, which pairs up upcoming filmmakers from Latin America and Europe. The film depicts a family that returns to their summer house in the remote region of Chiloe, and rediscover the place while waiting for a last family member. Sotomayor won Best Film at last year’s FICValdivia with Thursday Til Sunday, while Klimkiewicz's Hanoi-Warsawa was the Best Short in the 2010 European Film Academy Awards.

FICValdivia’s plan for celebrating its 20th anniversary was released by Otroscines website yesterday: a special program section named 10+10=20 that works as a new canon of recent Latin American cinema. According to head programmer Raul Camargo, FICValdivia invited the region’s most renowned festivals to vote a list of the 10 most essential LatAm films of the past 20 years. Votes were casted by representatives from BAFICI (Argentina), FICUNAM (Mexico), Cinema Tropical (USA), TransCinema (Peru), Cali (Colombia), Tiradentes (Brasil), Havana (Cuba), Montevideo Film Exhibition (Uruguay) and FIDOCS (Chile).

The anniversary sidebar will feature the following films, which resulted from the poll:

1- Whisky (2004)
Pablo Stoll-Juan Pablo Rebella, Uruguay

2- Silent Light (2007)
Carlos Reygadas, Mexico

3- Santiago (2007)
João Moreira SallesBrazil

4- La libertad (2001)
Lisandro Alonso, Argentina

5- The Swamp (2001)
Lucrecia Martel, Argentina

6- Extraordinary Stories (2008)
Mariano Llinas, Argentina

7- Un tigre de papel (2007)
Luis Ospina, Colombia

8-  Paraguayan Hammock (2006)
Paz Encina, Paraguay

9- Silvia Prieto (1999)
Martin Rejtman, Argentina

10- Aquí se construye (2000)
Ignacio Agüero, Chile