The 26th European Film Festival will premiere eight award-winning documentaries

The 26th European Film Festival will premiere eight award-winning documentaries
The 26th European Film Festival will premiere eight award-winning documentaries
  • Films from Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, will meet at the event that this year will extend to 23 theaters in 11 regions of the country. All with free entry.
  • It will take place between June 5 and 16.

In its mission to bring European films closer to the Chilean public, the European Film Festival programmed a relevant selection of documentaries that are made in the participating countries. This year, in the 26th edition of the event, eight works will be screened that demonstrate the quality of reality cinema.

All exhibitions are free and each edition also offers parallel mediation and education activities around the films. These will tour Chile, from Arica to Punta Arenas, thanks to an alliance with the Network of Rooms that will allow the programming to be appreciated in 23 venues throughout the country.

The event will take place from June 5 to 16, offering a unique cinematographic experience for all film lovers in Chile.

The European Film Festival is an activity coordinated by the Delegation of the European Union in Chile, together with the European cultural centers and participating European countries.

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PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS: From Herzog to Polanski

The program highlights some documentaries about filmmakers and artists that are worth discovering.

“Werner Herzog: Radical dreamer” (Thomas von Steinaecker, Germany).
The film that will open the festival this year is a portrait of the great German filmmaker Werner Herzog. Director Thomas von Steinaecker analyzes the work of this visionary dreamer. The director himself, accompanied by those closest to him, including his wife, review his career from his beginnings in cinema. Along with them, Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale and Robert Pattinson review his work with him, Wim Wenders tells how the director helped him reach a wider audience and Chloe Zhao talks about his admiration for the German filmmaker. These are some of the faces that accompany Wener Herzog, this time to talk about the facts.

Thomas von Steinaecker notes: “I think there are two main reasons why he agreed to let me follow him with my camera. The first is that turning 80 is different from turning 70; “You know that turning 90 probably won’t be as pleasant as turning 80. And, of course, you start to worry – as I experienced with Werner – about your legacy and what will happen after you die.”

“Polanski, Horowitz. Hometown” (Mateusz Kudla, Anna Kokoszka-Romer, Poland)
This moving documentary tells the story of two childhood friends: filmmaker Roman Polanski and photographer Ryszard Horowitz, who meet again in Krakow, where as children they lived locked up in the Jewish ghetto. Horowitz, one of the names on Schindler’s list, was taken to the Auchwitz concentration camp at just five years old. Polanski managed to escape from the ghetto and survived, taken in by a Polish family. Eighty years later together they walk the streets of Krakow remembering that time, remembering the horror of the war, reflecting on their lives, their friendship and the destiny they shared. According to Kudla, one of the filmmakers, it is a documentary about “memory, confrontation with the past, trauma and destiny.”

“Historja” (Thomas Jackson, Sweden)
This film presents the surprising story of Sami artist Britta Marakatt-Labba. Her art depicts Sami culture, currently and historically, and reindeer herding, threatened by the global climate crisis. For decades she has represented the mythology, the relationship with nature and the political struggle of the indigenous Sami people. She now faces one last fight; the battle for her culture against the threats of climate change.


The European Film Festival will also allow viewers to get closer to the culture and landscapes of
remote places through a pair of acclaimed documentaries.

“North Circular” (Luke McManus, Ireland)
This beautiful and stylized musical documentary travels along Dublin’s North Circular road, meeting its inhabitants and listening to their stories and songs. Applauded at festivals such as Sheffield Doc Fest, it arrives endorsed by critics. The Guardian called it “Resonant, vivid and beautifully filmed.”

“Nous, Étudiants!” (Rafiki Fariala, DRC/Central Africa/France) In this documentary, filmmaker Rafiki Fariala turns the camera on himself and his friends, capturing their daily lives as students at the University of Bangui. At once lucid and poetic, they share their reflections on his future in the Central African Republic. A portrait of the culture, customs and dreams of youth in that area of ​​Africa.

“There has never been a Central African film at the Berlinale. It is the first time that a film from the Central African Republic has been screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. For us, it is a way to make Central African culture even more known and to give more visibility by saying: we, students from the Central African Republic, are here and we present ourselves internationally. We show our culture to the world,” said the director at the film’s premiere at the German festival.

“Tales of the Sleeping Giants” (Marko Röhr, Finland)
This visually stunning film offers a walk through the most mythical nature: the mountains, lakes and rivers of Lapland. It is a journey into the rich mythology of the ancient Norsemen and Lapps told in the form of a nature film.
“Marko’s nature films are of the highest quality; “He has a real cinematic mentality and understands the visual requirements to fill the big screen,” praises producer Sophokles Tasioulis, who was also behind the hit “Earth.”


The festival will also screen documentaries that report on cultural clashes and conflicts in
the world. A concern for the state of the world that is always present in the exhibition.

“Al Djanat, The original Paradise” (Chloé Aïcha Boro, Burkina Faso/France)
After the death of her uncle, an Islamist Mandingo dignitary, the director films her family’s patio. A dispute over property has broken out between the defenders of traditional law and the supporters of official law, inherited from European colonization. The patio becomes the theater where the future of an emblematic family is played out.

“Letters to a life” (Inês De Medeiros, Portugal)
Hundreds of letters written in 1958 by Portuguese women are discovered in a used bookstore. These are responses to a circular sent by the National Movement of Portuguese Women, a mysterious propaganda organ.

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