Valparaiso (Chile), 11 Aug. – Renowned Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán premiered this Thursday in local theaters “My imaginary country”, a documentary acclaimed by international critics that reflects through female voices on the transformation that is taking place in Chile, and that has unique images and shocking images of the “social outbreak” of 2019 filmed by Efe journalists.
The premiere, which was held at the Insomnia cinema -also known as Teatro Conde- was attended by the film’s producer, Alexandra Galvis, various actors and actresses, authorities and dozens of expectant citizens who packed the room.
At the same time, the documentary -which has generated international applause and which was eagerly awaited in the Andean country- premiered in theaters in the capital, Santiago de Chile, with a large influx of audiences despite the fact that the time and day On Thursday, Chileans were not invited to go out.
Chronicler of the Chilean reality in documentaries such as “The Battle of Chile” (1975), “Nostalgia for the Light” (2010) or “The Pearl Button” (2015), Guzmán achieved international renown in 2019 by winning the award for best documentary with “La Cordillera de los Sueños”, a “prospective” work that “illuminates the strange history” of his country and with which he was nominated for a Goya award.
“My imaginary country”, premiered at the Special Sessions of the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, begins with images taken by journalists from Agencia Efe about the “social outbreak” that shook Chile in October 2019 and delves into that protest that has derived from the process of drafting a new Constitution.
The rise of 30 pesos in the price of the subway ticket was the spark that “set the country on fire” and that originated “a spontaneous revolution, without organization, on the Internet,” in which the filmmaker always saw the possibility of triumph.
“Those who oppose the growth of history are the same as always. The right has no future. What it proposes in Chile is absurd, it is the past, and the past has already been proven to be useless, so it does not have much future.” It has strength but no future,” he told Efe in Cannes.
Guzmán (Santiago de Chile, 1941) narrates her story through some of her female protagonists because in her opinion “they are the ones who have the clearest idea of what to do. Chilean women are very advanced in general, historically it has always been like that In the middle of filming I realized that they were clearer and I thought that they were the ones who were going to tell the film.”
He currently resides in Paris, where he intends to continue and from where on September 4 he will see the result of the mandatory referendum in which Chileans will decide whether to approve the Constitution that has been drafted over the last year by a joint and democratically elected convention, the result of protest.
Or if the one written in 1980 by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1989), which has only been partially reformed in democracy, is rejected and remains in force.
His next project will again have his country as the protagonist, since Guzmán confesses that “I only know how to make films from Chile. I have a serious limitation.”