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Manuela Martelli’s ‘1976’ will represent Chile at Goya

The Chilean Academy of Cinema has chosen the movie “1976” to represent Chile at the 2023 Goya Awards. More than 270 experts chose it to compete for Best Iberoamerican Movie. The work by Manuela Martelli is her first long film as a director, and it has already had a promising international debut.

Chile is ready to compete in the Goya Awards. The Chilean Academy of Cinema’s more than 270 members have selected the film “1976” from debutant director Manuela Martelli to compete for Best Iberoamerican Movie in the 2023 edition of the awards. The awards ceremony will take place in Seville on Feb. 11, 2023.

“It is an honor that the first cinematographic piece from a national artist is today at this stage … this movie has been endorsed in important international festivals, among them the recent editions of Cannes and San Sebastián,” said the Minister of Culture, Arts, and Heritage Julieta Brodsky about the film being chosen to represent Chile, as reported by Emol.

The movie, set in Chile in 1976, follows a family winter vacation at the beach, hosted by its grandmother Carmen (Aline Küppenheim). The peaceful gathering is interrupted when a priest asks Carmen to take care of a young man he is hosting in the town parish, and thereafter Carmen’s life and self-perception are forever changed.

Martelli, who has acted in several movies like “Machuca” and “B-Happy,” was thrilled that her film had been selected: “It is a huge honor that our colleagues have chosen us to represent Chile, and now a big responsibility that we assume with a lot of enthusiasm and endeavor to achieve.”

The dictatorship from the viewpoint of a woman

In an interview excerpted by Variety, ” Martelli acknowledged that “1976” was set in possibly the bloodiest year of Agusto Pinochet’s dictatorship and is one of the very first films to portray the period from the viewpoint of a woman:

Right, for me it’s an act of justice for those anonymous women who never appeared in my history school books. It all started when I asked myself about my maternal grandmother whom I never met. I wanted to revisit the year she died from the inside of a house. I felt that she was a victim of that bloodiest year and I wanted to give her and other women one space to exist.

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