El Otro Chile

A weekend of contemporary Chilean films – November 15-17 at The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California.

MOLAA selected these particular films for the following reasons: “All the films in this series have won a variety of [accolades] and awards. These films mark the strong current trend by Chilean production companies to make films for international audiences.” All films have English subtitles and are for mature audiences of 18 and over. Summary note of weekend: Friday will have 1 movie screening, Saturday has 3 and Sunday has 2 movie screenings. All screenings are free with paid admission.

The MOLAA Docent Guild will host a reception of wine and cheese for guests who attend the opening night screening on Friday, November 15.


Las Mujereres del Pasajero (The Women of the Passenger) directed by by Valentina Mac-Pherson and Patricia Correra

The synopsis of this film, by Taskovski Films Ltd website is written so well – that we shall directly quote here: “The women in this documentary have a lot of cleaning to do. They work in motel El Pasajero, where the guests generally don’t stay longer than a few hours. The rooms don’t have to be particularly beautiful, either; as long as there’s a bed on which the couples can indulge their carnal passions, sometimes under the influence of alcohol and drugs. We don’t see or hear much of these visitors, other than the odd leg, disembodied voices and – increasingly as the film progresses – moaning. They are filmed nonchalantly, from a strange, accidental-looking angle, as if they are not important. The visitors are in fact just extras in this love story. How else could you get a positive view of love in a place like this? We follow four female cleaners during their daily rounds. They change the beds, polish the mirrors and energetically wipe down a clinical-looking sex chair. As they work, they talk about love. In spite of everything they see and hear at work, their idea of love is strikingly romantic. They put negative experiences into perspective, while positive ones make them blush. It would seem that working in this motel hasn’t made them cynical about love, but believe in it all the more.“

List of Official Selections and awards of Las Mujeres del Pasajero, listed by Las Mujeres del Pasajero Facebook page, link here.


Aqui Estoy, Aqui No (Here I Am, Here I’m Not) – Directed by Elisa Eliash

Movie synopsis from “Aqui Estoy, Aqui No” website:
“Fat and depressed after seeing his best friend die, journalist Ramiro Hidalgo is hired to write the unauthorized biography of Ana Patricia Jones Ahumada, a Chilean rock legend. The investigation leads them to an intimate relationship, but, is Ramiro saying the whole story, and is she who she claims to be? Freely inspired by Hitchcock’s Vertigo.”

List of Official Selections and awards of Aqui Estoy, Aqui No, listed by Aqui Estoy, Aqui No movie website, link here.


Verano (Summertime) directed by José Luis Torres Leiva

From the Rotterdam International Film Festival write up:

“The informal intimacy of amateur film formats, such as Hi8 or MP4, is often used by film makers. But seldom with such intense beauty as by Torres Leiva. Moving observations about the certainties and uncertainties of love, family and other relationships, around a summer resort in the mountains of Chile.. . .Like Torres Leiva’s previous The Sky, the Earth and the Rain (Tiger Awards Competition 2008), Summertime is a mosaic filled with minor everyday occurrences and outflanking manoeuvres. The film focuses on the mood, occasionally captured in extreme close-ups of eyes or drops of water on the skin. Love, desire and loneliness are themes in this film that, in the director’s words, ‘walks a thin line between beauty and desperation’.”

Winner of Jury Special Prize at the 9th Annual Golden Apricot International Film Festival in 2012.



Tráiganme la cabeza de la mujer metralleta (Bring the Head of the Machine Gun Woman) directed by Ernesto Díaz Espinoza

Synopsis from Trailer Addict website:
“An unusual genre in Latin American cinema: the action movie. This exuberant and hilarious tribute to Peckinpah’s similarly titled 1974 film is also a Western, but with a video game aesthetic and structure. A naïve and nerdy DJ who lives with his mother in Santiago and spends his days on his Playstation gets into trouble with a dangerous Argentine gangster. In order to save his own life, the DJ must undertake the mission to capture the untamable female mercenary Machine Gun Woman, dead or alive. The film is structured according to the missions he must accomplish on his way to finding the woman, as he is chased around by paid assassins and witnesses bloody acts.”



Te Creis Mas Linda (You Think You’re the Prettiest, But You Are the Sluttiest) directed by José (Che) Sandoval Santibañez

From 2010 Miguel Pendás’ synopsis for the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival:
“In a world where the main dialogue is soccer, video games and the content of your iPod, 19-year-old Javier seeks to prove that he is finally an adult by seducing girls. “We’re over 18 now,” he says to his current target, Valentina, as if to imply that now that it’s legal to have sex, it is also practically required. Not that Valentina is unwilling. After a bit of flirting and sparring they are back at his apartment, taking their clothes off under a James Dean poster. But when Valentina dumps him and sleeps with his best friend Nicolás, Javier is disconsolate and tries to seduce Nicolás’s girlfriend. Unsuccessful once again, now Javier has a hard time even talking a prostitute into sleeping with him. “The world is shit,” says Nicolás, offering a nugget of adolescent wisdom as consolation to his buddy. Twenty-five-year-old filmmaker Ché Sandoval understands this world on its own terms, and with all its contradictions. We chuckle at hearing the once-fresh Javier feel sorry for himself, but we still hope he recovers from his crushing rejections. In Martín Castillo’s Javier, we see traces of Jean-Pierre Léaud’s Antoine Doinel, at turns smart-assed and vulnerable. The Chilean teen tries to pass himself off as a snarky Lothario, just as Doinel tries to play the Paris intellectual for the young ladies. And like many of the astute romantic comedies about adolescent fumblings at love that have preceded it, You Think You’re the Prettiest turns on its head the idea of the boys dominating the girls; the girls own the boys in this one.”

List of Official Selections and awards of Te Creis Mas Linda, listed by Mexican Distrital Film Festival website, link here


Sal (Salt) directed by Diego Rougier

Synopsis from Museum of the Moving Image:

“Sergio is a washed-up Spanish director obsessed with making a western in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Producers in Barcelona tear his screenplay to shreds, sending him on a journey to northern Chile in search of the inspiration that will salvage his story. Once Sergio arrives, however, he is mistaken for the region’s long-lost gunslinger hero, pitting him against thugs involved in ‘shady business’ across the Bolivian border. Sergio will have a good script… if he escapes alive. The acclaimed film Salt pays loving homage to Sergio Leone while playfully subverting the old-school western genre in contemporary South America. Rougier’s feature film debut has been winning awards around the world, including Best Film at First Time Fest in New York City earlier this year.”

For complete list of Salt’s 12 wins and 9 nominations listed by Internet Movie Database link here.


EL OTRO CHILE – Event Details:

628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone 562.437.1689

Friday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission Pricing
General Admission $ 9.00
Seniors $ 6.00
Students $ 6.00
Children under 12 years FREE
Free Admission Every Sunday

2 thoughts on “El Otro Chile

  1. exelente , estoy contento de ver peliculas que en ninguna otra parte podria verlas, son rarísimas!

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