08/04/2019 “Dios” will have its world premiere at Swiss festival Visions Du Réel

The film Dios by Chilean collective MAFI (Mapa Fílmico de un País) is part of the official selection at the next edition of Festival Visions Du Réel, renowned Swiss competition that takes place in the city of Nyon. The film’s world premiere will take place on April 10th, while its national release is set for May 2nd in the Miradoc program.

Dios, recorded through the lens of this group of directors, distills the largest religious crisis in the history of Chile after the visit, in January of 2018, of the Catholic church’s maximum authority: Pope Francis. The film’s direction is led by Josefina Buschmann, Israel Pimentel, and Christopher Murray, who will travel to Switzerland to participate in the festival’s International Medium Length and Short Film Competition. Murray explains the enthusiasm for being selected: “As a crew, we’re very happy to return to Visions Du Réel, a festival where, five years ago, we won the jury prize for our last work, the documentary ‘Propaganda’. We realize that, despite its antiquity, it continues to be a festival that takes chances on new languages and continues to takes risks in its program, which is why we feel it’s the best place for the premiere.”

El Gurú, directed by Rory Barrientos and produced by Gabriela Sandoval, Carlos Núñez and Rory Barrientos, participates in the Burning Lights International Competition and portrays the daily routine of a salmon feed industry worker at Castro Salmon in Chiloé, who in his free time, has returned to his career as a professional boxer. “It’s very relevant for a first feature like El Gurú to be in Visions Du Réel, as it allows a local production, filmed on an island in the south of Chile, which revolves around a character and a very day-to-day, intimate reality, to have a grand international projection. Therefore, it’s a great opportunity to continue strengthening our work as documentary producers, considering the big platform that the festival and its industry space offer,” affirms Gabriela Sandoval, executive producer of the film.

In regard to the short film Here and Everywhere, directed by Flavia Contreras and produced by Isabel Baeza, it exemplifies, through the figure of a young woman, the colonization and political, cultural, geographical changes that the Chilean Antarctic has undergone. The film participates in the Opening Scenes section, dedicated to first shorts or feature films made by students: “We both wanted to premiere at this festival. It’s an opportunity for exchange with directors who are going through a moment similar to ours,” explains the film’s producer, Isabel Baeza.

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