Women Producers Take Charge in Chilean Cinema

Karina Jury

Women are dominating the Chilean movie business greater than ever, replicating what is occurring throughout most of Latin America. In Bolivia, 85% of the producers are mentioned to be ladies and in Mexico, practically half of the audiovisual workforce is feminine. Of the 10 key Chilean titles collaborating on the Marché du Film Online Producers Network Spotlight this yr, eight are produced by ladies.

Films made by this ever-growing era of feminine producers are “ever more robust, of a larger caliber, with big casts, and made in international co-production, not small films made with just Chilean funding,” says Constanza Arena, govt director of Chilean film-TV promotion board CinemaChile. She cites Florencia Larrea’s “My Tender Matador,” Macarena Lopez’s “La Felicidad,” Gabriela Sandoval’s “Jailbreak Pact” and Karina Jury’s “Vera de Verdad,” co-produced with Italy and chosen for the Marché du Film’s Frontières style showcase.

“The whole industry is evolving in how we make films and tell stories,” says Roció Jadue, head of Latin American movie at Fabula. “Audiences are looking for new stories, not necessarily complicated, nor feminist ones, but simply ones which relate with a more or less a female audience that wants to see stories that represent them.”

“With the advent of new distribution platforms, led by Netflix, we’re seeing big changes in the industry as demand for premium content rises,” notes Larrea, who has noticed greater manufacturing values, extra aggressive titles and a growth in expertise.

“Women have taken advantage of this evolution, bringing a new vision, subjects with other protagonists; stories which have to be told by women, not only directors and writers but also DPs, in art and sound design and editing,” Jadue says.

Female DPs of current movies embrace Maura Moraes (“Entierro”), Francisca Saez (“Héctor”), Valeria Fuentes (“Perro Bomba”), Emilia Martín (“Fiebre Austral”), Laura Salinas (“Haciendo Sombra”) and Michelle Bossy (“Fiebre”).

To date, there are 4 noteworthy editors: Soledad Salfate (“A Fantastic Woman,” “Gloria Bell”), Andrea Chignoli (“No,” “Araña”), Melisa Miranda (“El Pacto de Adriana,” “El Viaje de Monalisa”) and Camila Mercadal (“Flow”).

A handful of femme filmmakers are venturing into style movies, led by Paulette Lecaros and Yeniffer Fasciani of Niebla Prods. with their supernatural thriller “Ancestra” and Florencia Dupont and Pilar Díaz of Santiago Independiente, who took dwelling the inaugural Morbido Fest prize ultimately yr’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) for “Aracne,” a noirish thriller set in Santiago.

In recognition of this surge, 2019’s Sanfic hosted its first Women’s Encounter in which greater than 30 Latin American ladies received collectively to narrate their particular person experiences and the challenges they confronted in the area’s audiovisual business. As they sat in a circle, they exchanged anecdotes and recommendation on how you can navigate a predominantly male office, lengthy work hours and the best work-home stability.

The dialog continues to at the present time. “One good thing to come out of this COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown is that it has made the men now working from home realize how challenging it is to balance one’s work and home life,” says Sandoval, Storyboard Media producer and Sanfic Industry head. Aside from producing historic drama “El Cardenal” and govt producing Sofia Paloma Gomez and Camilo Becerra’s drama “Quizas es Cierto lo que Dicen de Nosotros,” she is producing the debut characteristic documentaries of upcoming administrators Patricia Correa (“Tercer Acto”) and Francina Carbonell (“El Cielo Está Rojo”). She recollects that greater than half of the initiatives and works in progress ultimately yr’s Sanfic Industry featured feminine administrators or producers.

“Women are more collaborative, we help each other; we form friendships, not rivalries,” says Karina Jury, who’s additionally producing kids’s collection and documentaries. She concurs, furthermore, that girls are extra suited to producing as they are usually extra detail-oriented and adept at multitasking.

Jury observed a change in Chile after getting back from six years in Italy. “Our male directors are less misogynistic, more respectful, even more admiring of women,” she notes, partly crediting the #MeToo motion for the shift in attitudes.

“I make sure my sets are democratic: Everyone eats at the same time, there’s no shouting and no one is considered more important than the other,” says Larrea, who can be co-producing Argentine Martin Rejtman’s comedy “La Practica” with Argentina’s La Union de los Rios, Pandora (Germany) and Rosa Filmes (Portugal).

In 2017, a gaggle of 5 Chilean ladies in the biz fashioned femme networking group Nosotros Audiovisuales, which swiftly grew to a membership of some 3,000 at the moment. “Our goals are threefold: to raise our members’ visibility, promote their work and encourage networking,” says co-manager Elisa Torres.

While the variety of feminine producers and — to a lesser extent — administrators have blossomed, there are nonetheless only some in the fields of modifying or cinematography.
“It’s been harder to penetrate the boys’ clubs in these fields,” Torres says. “That may be one other reason most women have turned to producing.”


A Break down of a number of the Chilean film highlights being moved at Cannes’ 2020 digital market:

The Cardinal
Benjamin Avila
Produced by Gabriela Sandoval of Storyboard Media, Magma Cine (Argentina), Gullane (Brazil). Sole Chilean participant at 2019 San Sebastian Co-Production Forum. Set in 1973 Chile the place Cardinal Silva Henriquez faces the cruel realities of defending victims of the army dictatorship. In improvement.

Dear Vera
Jose Luis Torres Leiva
From Catalina Vergara of Globo Rojo Films comes the story of an alcoholic actress whose life adjustments when she’s referred to as to work on an unfinished 1973 movie, starring Vera Ratto. In improvement.

Elisa Eliash
Live motion/animation child journey produced by Clara Taricco’s La Forma Cine and Peru’s Tiempo Libre, Films Bastardia. An 11-year-old boy’s excessive fever transports him to a unique world by way of a portray. In publish.

Pepa San Martin
Produced by Macarena Lopez of Manufactura de Peliculas, a dramedy following Ana, 65, who regardless of failing well being, is bent on fulfilling her one dream: to swim the frigid Beagle channel between Chile and Argentina. In improvement.

My Tender Matador
Rodrigo Sepulveda
Produced by Forastero’s Florencia Larrea, a drama turning on an growing old transvestite, performed by Alfredo Castro (“Tony Manero”), who will get entangled in a clandestine operation after falling for a younger leftist guerrilla. Seeking worldwide distribution.

Patient(ly) Enduring Suffering
Constanza Fernandez
Roberto Doveris’ Niña Niño Films presents a drama primarily based on the true story of a critically in poor health outstanding physician on the mercy of Chile’s inhumane well being system. Seeking post-production finance.

Sergio Larrain, the Eternal Moment
Sebastian Moreno
A Peliculas del Pez documentary produced by Claudia Barril about Sergio Larrain, the one Chilean photographer to hitch Magnum Photos, who then decides to dwell as a hermit in northern Chile. Seeking gross sales agent.

The Sorcerers

Christopher Murray
A drama set in the magical Chiloé Island the place an 11-year-old indigenous lady turns to witchcraft to hunt justice for her murdered father, from Oscar-winning Fabula. Co-producers: Pimienta (Mexico), the Match Factory (Germany).

Vera de Verdad
Beniamino Catena
Playing the Marché du Film’s Frontières choice, this sci-fi drama, produced by Karina Jury of Atomica Films and Italy’s Macaia Film, is about 10-year-old Vera who vanishes in Liguria, Italy, solely to reappear two years later, aged 25. Sales gent is Coccinelle Film.

The Viper Hunt
Esteban Larrain
Altiro Films thriller co-produced with Selenium Films (France) and Toned Media (Spain). A journalist in a rut finds new impetus when clues lead her to the whereabouts of a infamous sect chief and revelations about her late father. Latido Films reps gross sales.


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