classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in April 2023

Manuela Martelli
Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Sepúlveda, Hugo Medina
95 mins, Subtitled, 2022, Chile
Primary language

1976, the debut feature from Manuela Martelli explores one woman’s struggle with misogyny and corruption in Chile under Pinochet.

Set during the peak of the brutal dictatorship in 1976 Chile, housewife Carmen heads off to her family's holiday beach house to supervise its renovation while her husband, children and grandchildren frequently come back and forth to visit.

When the family priest asks her to take care of a young man he is sheltering in secret, Carmen steps into unexplored territories, away from the quiet life she is used to, unwittingly entering a much more dangerous world that connect her with the opposition movement. As she becomes aware that Elías is actually on the run from Pinochet’s police force, she experiences a quiet revolution as her own life begins to change.

Inspired by the mysterious life of her grandmother, Martelli's film that debuted as part of last year's Cannes Directors Fortnight's programme is a tense and curious watch set during a very potent period of Chile's history.

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