Sights & Sounds - December 2007

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ProChile, the Trade Commission of Chile, has been working to bring members of the American film community resources about Chile’s burgeoning film industry. This year marked the first ‘Cinema Chile | NYC Fall 07’, a Chilean film festival that made its debut in Manhattan this past November. ProChile also hosted a number of events in Atlanta and Los Angeles that featured the breathtaking landscapes and rising talent that is putting Chile on the international film map. As Chile continues to gain buzz among the film and advertising communities, ProChile will be sure to keep you informed about the latest news and events pertaining to Chile's film industry.

During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. In this spirit, we say simply but sincerely...

Thank You and Best Wishes for the Holidays and a Happy New Year

Alejandro Cerda
Trade Commissioner
ProChile New York

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Upcoming Events

WIDOWS: January 10 – February 3, 2008 in New York City

Reverie Productions will present the New York Premiere of WIDOWS, a haunting parable of individual courage in the face of political oppression by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, directed by Hal Brooks. Cast includes Obie Award winner Ching Valdes-Aran and 2007 Drama Desk nominee Sarah Nina Hayon. The show will run from January 10th through February 3rd, 2008 at 59E59 Theaters with a special benefit performance on Wednesday, January 16, featuring pre and post show receptions with the author and director.

Considered a classic in literature of social protest, the story is adapted from Dorfman’s 1983 novel set in a village where all the men have disappeared and the muddy river produces a torn, unrecognizable body. Led by a grandmother who awaits the fate of her father, husband and sons, village women fight an army captain and each other for the right to bury the body they all claim as their loved one.


Chile Comes to Hollywood in 2008

The Chilean Trade Commission in Los Angeles will present a special project to create a support platform for the Chilean film industry. The goal of creating this platform is to better promote and support our industry in Hollywood, the most important market for cinema.

On February 8, 2008 ProChile will support the launch of the movie Uggly Me (Pretendiendo), a film by Chilean director Claudio Dabed featuring renowned Mexican Actress Barbara Mori.

ProChile Los Angeles will also participate in the San Diego Latino Film festival which will take place March 6 – 16, 2008. As part of our participation, we will host a series of receptions and sponsor Chilean productions to be showcased in the festival.

2008 Santa Monica Locations Trade Show

For the fourth year in a row Chile will participate in the Locations Trade Show in Santa Monica, California. We invite members of the film community in the greater Los Angeles area to join us April 10-12, 2008 to explore the advantages of filming in Chile and the magnificent locations the country has to offer.

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Muxima Screening: December 17, 2007

On December 17, “Muxima”, the first film by Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar, was screened at the United Nations.

Muxima (meaning “heart” in Kimbundu, an indigenous language of Angola), Jaar’s first film, is a cinematic elegy dedicated to the people of Angola. “During the process of organizing my extensive collection of Angolan recordings,” comments Jaar, “I discovered that I had in my possession six different versions of a song called Muxima. And a film was born” — a film that poetically portrays the evolving history of Angola through alternate interpretations of this single folk song. The film is rooted in Jaar’s love of African music and the belief that music can resonate with and therefore help communicate the experiences of the people. Muxima was included in the 2007 Venice Biennale. 

Machuca Screening: November 29, 2007 in New York City

Machuca screened at The Museum of Modern Art Thursday, November 29, 2007. Co-produced with Spain and directed by Andrés Wood, the film captures the revolutionary fervor in 1973 Chile through the formation of an unlikely friendship between two boys – one poverty stricken and the other of a wealthy neighborhood.


Cinema Chile | NYC Fall 07:
November 9-13, 2007 in New York City

ProChile-FilmChile, CORPARTES and SANFIC Ltda. in collaboration with Cinema Tropical presented Cinema Chile, New York’s first film festival designed to showcase Chile’s culture and art through the lens of the country’s hottest filmmakers. Weeklong screenings were held at the Quad Cinema – one of the most prestigious art-house cinemas in downtown Manhattan. An estimated 650 people enjoyed featured films over the course of the festival.

Members of the film industry and the film press celebrated the opening night of Cinema Chile at a reception and private screening of En La Cama at The Sunshine Cinema.

Three emerging film directors – Sebastián Lelio of La Sagrada Familia, María Elena Wood of La Hija Del General and Matías Bize of En La Cama – participated in a panel discussion at The New School. The discussion, moderated by NY1’s film critic, Jerónimo Rodríguez, gave the directors the opportunity to speak about the film-making process, the state of film in Chile, and the social and political landscape for filmmakers, artists, and storytellers.

Festival print and advertising campaigns reached more than 470,000 people while news coverage generated over 40 million impressions nationwide. The New York Times called La Sagrada Familia an “absorbing drama, layered with black humor and rare sexual and emotional frankness.” Other film reviews appeared in the New York Post, New York Magazine, TimeOut New York,, Hoy, El Diario, Hora Hispana and el correo, amongst others.

Images and Flavors of Chile: October 24, 2007 in Atlanta

The Chilean American Chamber of Commerce of the South, along with ProChile hosted a reception in Atlanta, GA to showcase the exquisite flavors and beautiful images of Chile. Special guests included the Chilean Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Mariano Fernández and Mr. Pablo Valenzuela, one of Chile’s most renowned landscape photographers.

Chilean Week: October 10-24, 2007 in Los Angeles

The Trade Commission of Chile in Los Angeles launched the Chilean Week in Los Angeles as part of a world tour to promote Chile as an alluring country that offers reliable world-class goods and services across a variety of industry sectors. This was the first time this event took place in the US.

The two-week long program ran from October 10-24, 2007 and included a series of trade, media, and consumer events designed especially for the arts, business, fashion, film, food, and wine communities of the greater Los Angeles area.

Over the past three years, the Chilean Week tour has made stops across the globe in Asia, Europe, and South America. The 2007 tour includes visits to London, Hamburg, Madrid, Toronto, Mexico City and Los Angeles.

The film events that took place during Chilean Week in Los Angeles included:

La Noche de Cine Chileno at the Houdini Mansion:
October 10th, 2007

ProChile Los Angeles hosted a reception to promote Chile's growing audiovisual and film industry in Hollywood. The event showcased Chilean films and shorts screened at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. A screening of Radio Corazon, a Chilean film directed by Roberto Artigoitia, filled the entire theater.

Shoot in Chile at the Beverly Hills Hotel:
October 11th, 2007

ProChile Los Angeles hosted a private reception at the Beverly Hills Hotel for members of the greater Los Angeles film industry. The event featured Chile's most compelling locations and dramatic production extracts as well as Chile's leading directors and producers.

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Please feel free to contact for questions about the production possibilities and the film industry in Chile, or visit for more information on our Sights and Sounds activities.

About ProChile
ProChile, the Trade Commission of Chile, is part of the General Directorate of International Economic Affairs of Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is responsible for implementing and enhancing Chile’s trade policy. ProChile’s mission is to provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises, helping to encourage and diversify exports of Chilean products and services by increasing the number of export markets and companies. It does so by providing the necessary tools to aid Chile’s economy in its process of going international. ProChile’s Trade Offices and Agencies are located in over 35 countries, covering 90 percent of the destination markets for Chilean exports. For more information please visit or, or email

ProChile Los Angeles
Trade Commissioner: Viviana Araneda
6100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1260
Los Angeles, CA 90048
T: (323) 932 7200
F: (323) 932 7204

ProChile Miami
Trade Commissioner: Cecilia Arroyo
800 Brickell Avenue, Suite 900
Miami, Florida 33131
T: (305) 374 0697
F: (305) 374 4270

ProChile New York
Trade Commissioner: Alejandro Cerda
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 603
New York, NY 10017
T: (212) 207 3266
F: (212) 207 3649

ProChile Washington
Trade Commissioner: Rolando Ortega
1732 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
T: (202) 530 4143
F: (202) 659 3220


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