28/12/2018 The cinema and television milestones that marked 2018

Oscar: Best Foreign Language Film

In 2016, the Chilean short film Bear Story became the first national piece to win an Oscar. Directed by Gabriel Osorio, the film was the Best Animated Short Film, reinforcing the idea that the Chilean audiovisual industry was reaching worldwide quality.

Two years later, a new Oscar strengthened and underlined that idea, marking national cinema: A Fantastic Woman set a milestone in Chilean cinema, being awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, turning Sebastián Lelio into the first Chilean director consecrated by the most important award for an industry feature.

Chilean series awarded an Emmy

A Necessary Story, the renowned production that narrates the stories of victims of the dictatorship in Chile, won the category Best Short Form Series at the 2018 International Emmys, the most important television awards worldwide.

The triumph of A Necessary Story was the culmination of the series’ successful run in European festivals, where the production quality stood out, with impeccable cinematography and period set design. This is joined by the interpretation of great national actors and actresses such as Alfredo Castro, Alejandro Goic, Catalina Saavedra, and Luis Dubó, among many others.

During recent years, national television productions have demonstrated their high quality and exportation capability with films like Bala Loca (Filmosonido), Ecos del Desierto (Wood Producciones), Mary and Mike (Invercine&Wood), and Invisible Heroes (Parox).

La Casa Lobo positions national animation

The film La Casa Lobo became one of the revelations of the year for its mix of techniques following its creation, and the particular way in which it narrates an event that marked Chile’s history. Directed by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, and produced by Catalina Vergara from production house Diluvio, it was selected for international festivals such as the Berlinale, Annecy, and San Sebastián, receiving diverse mentions and distinctions.

Dominga Sotomayor wins the Leopard for Best Direction at the Locarno Film Fest

One of the most important awards in the Class A festival scene was granted to national filmmaker Dominga Sotomayor for her work on her second feature film, Too Late to Die Young. It’s a historic recognition, given that the Silver Leopard for Best Direction had never been awarded to a woman.

Dominga Sotomayor not only set a new milestone for national cinema, but also the world, becoming the first woman in history to receive this prestigious honor at the Locarno Film Festival. Sotomayor joined the list of acclaimed directors that have reached this recognition, among whom are Raúl Ruiz, John Ford, Roberto Rossellini, Claude Chabrol, Stanley Kubrick, Hong Sang-Soo, Pedro Costa, and Joao Pedro Rodrigues.

First place in Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival

The short film The Summer of the Electric Lion by young filmmaker Diego Céspedes won the highest honor at the Cinéfondation competition, a space dedicated to young film school students around the world. The film  became the first Chilean piece to win the highest honor in an official competition at Cannes.

Following its successful run at the French festival, The Summer of the Electric Lion participated in other cinema events, which include: DLTA Los Angeles, Denver Film Festival, American Film Institute, San Sebastián, Sarajevo, Molise, Sundance.

National animated series goes to Cartoon Network

On December 15th, ¡Golpea duro Hara! (in English – Hit Hard, Hara!), by national production company Marmota Studio, premiered on the screens of Cartoon Network and its official YouTube channel. This series is the first entirely Chilean series broadcast by the children’s network.

It’s an 8-minute per 10-episode animated series that comprises the production company’s first television project. Its protagonist is Hara Miyo, a 15-year-old girl who is the only female in the world, who fights to get ahead of the evil King Akile.

2019 Goya Awards Nomination

To close a successful international run, the film Los Perros by Marcela Said was nominated for “Best Ibero-American Film” in the new edition of the Goya Awards, to take place February 2, 2019. The film, starring Antonia Zegers and Alfredo Castro, tells the story of Mariana (40), a woman of the Chilean bourgeoisie, who takes horseback riding classes with Juan (65), a former army colonel who ends up having been involved in the crimes of the dictatorship.

Los Perros won awards at festivals such as San Sebastián, Biarritz, Huelva, Havana, Calcutta, Stockholm, and the Platino Awards.

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