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Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

Andrés Wood, director of Machuca, one of VIFF’s biggest ever hits, returns to the defining event in modern Chile’s political history - Pinochet’s 1973 coup d’état - but this time in a dark thriller mode. In 1973, Inés (María Valverde), her husband Justo (Gabriel Urzúa), and her lover Gerardo (Pedro Fontaine), all members of a violent right-wing group, pull off a political crime that changes the course of history. Forty-odd years later, Inés (now played by Argentinean legend Mercedes Morán) is a successful businesswoman, but Gerardo (now Marcelo Alonso), motivated by revenge and obsession, wants to restart the nationalist movement of their collective past, a past that Inés and Justo (now Felipe Armas) are desperate to keep hidden…

One might think Chile is long past Pinochet, but Woods puts paid to that romantic notion. Through his depiction of a love triangle gone bad, the entitlement of the privileged, the perverse idealism of the right, and the cruelty and greed fuelling so much of Chile today, he fashions a painfully twisted tale that suggests that although Pinochet is gone, his shadow lingers on…


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Director Andrés Wood
Country of Origin: Chile
Year: 2019
Running Time: 103 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Spanish with English subtitles
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Cast: Mercedes Morán, María Valverde, Marcelo Alonso, Felipe Armas, Gabriel Urzúa, Pedro Fontaine
Executive Producer: Patricio Pereira, Judith Cárdenas, Josefina Labán
Producer: Alejandra García, Paula Cosenza, Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Nathalia Videla Peña, Denisse Gomez
Screenwriter: Andrés Wood, Guillermo Calderón
Cinematographer: Miguel Joan Littin
Editor: Andrea Chignoli
Production Design: Rodrigo Bazaes
Music: Antonio Pinto
Production Company: Wood Producciones, Bossanova Films, Magma Cine
Print Source: Film Factory

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