Focus 2016 | The vibrancy of Chile

Chile will be Focus 2016's guest of honour at Visions du Réel. In partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the ChileDoc film development association, the Focus Chile section will shed light on the high quality of Chilean production and its interest in environmental, political and social themes.

15 contemporary documentaries will be screened to the general public during the Festival (15-23 April 2016) and a Focus Talk day, centred on the country’s specific film production, will take place on 19 April 2016. Five film projects still at the development stage will then be presented by the Chilean directors and producers invited. At the end of this special day, the most promising project will be awarded the Prix visions sud est, with a prize of CHF 10,000.

Chile: a land rich in contrasts

"The vibrancy of Chile has given rise to a multiplicity of narrative forms and a real abundance of filmmakers," emphasises Luciano Barisone, Director of the Festival. A country of contrasts, Chile stretches for 4,270 kilometres between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. The country’s history echoes its rugged landscapes. The atrocities committed under the Pinochet dictatorship and the genocide of the Amerindians are regularly evoked through Chilean cinema. Since democracy’s return to power, the documentary form has become the country’s key instrument for questioning itself. The memory thus forms a background for cinematographic creation. New production companies are being created and professionals are being trained in schools in Chile and abroad. Public institutions have been supporting film production for several years.


Daughter by María Paz González, 73' (Chili/Pérou – María una vez, Blume, Panchito Films, Carapulkra)
The Lifeguard by Maite Alberdi, 64' (Chili – Errante Producciones)
The Chilean Building by Macarena Aguiló, 99' (Chili/France/Cuba/Hollande – Aplaplac Producciones, Les Films d'Ici, ICAIC)
The City of Photographers by Sebastián Moreno, 80' (Chili – Películas del pez)
White Death by Roberto Collío, 17' (Chili – Isabel Orellana Guarello, Araucaria Cine)
Land of Water by Carlos Klein, 80' (Chili – CKFilms)
Ultraman by Cristian Leighton, 75' (Chili – Surreal Películas de la realidad)
The Burn by René Ballesteros, 60' (France/Chili – LE FRESNOY-René Ballesteros)
Genoveva by Paola Castillo, 68' (Chili – Errante Producciones)
News by Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff, 80' (Chili – Perut, Osnovikoff)
El mocito by Marcela Said and Jean de Certeau, 70' (Chili – Icalma Films)
Calle Santa Fe by Carmen Castillo, 167' (Chili/France – Les Films d'Ici, Serge Lalou-Parox, Sergio Gandara - Les Films de la Passerelle, Christine Pireaux, INA – Love Stream)
Arcana de Cristóbal Vicente, 83' (Chili - Cristóbal Vicente)
A Tale of Love, Madness and Death by Mijael Bustos, 22' (Chili – Luminaria)
New Year by Cristóbal Valenzuela, 14' (Chili – MOLTAR)

Los Reyes by Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff (Chili – Perut + Osnovikoff, Maite Alberdi)
Petit Frère by Roberto Collío, Rodrigo Robledo (Chili – Araucaria Cine, Isabel Orellana Guarello)
Patagonian Poiesis by Carlos Klein (Chili – CKFilms)
La Causa by Macarena Aguiló (Chili – El Espino Films, Amalric de Pontcharra)
The Last Journey of a Nomad by Mijael Bustos (Chili – Palenque Producciones, Paula Talloni)

The 2016 Visions du Réel poster offers a glimpse of new horizons. An image taken from the Chilean film THE LIFEGUARD has been chosen to illustrate the next edition of the Festival!