1976: Chile has been suffering under the right-wing dictatorship of General Pinochet for three years already, but the more well-to-do 49-year-old Carmen has other things to worry about: she has to supervise the renovation of the family's beach house. While choosing the perfect hue of paint, she hears a gunshot. Later, the local priest, whom she knows from previous charitable work, appeals to her, asking her help with a homeless man called Elias. As it turns out, Elias has a gunshot wound and is a fugitive from Pinochet's secret police. By agreeing to assist, Carmen becomes involved in Elias' illegal and hence life-threatening work.
1976 is a perfect showcase of the personal merging with the political, all due to the splendid screenplay and debuting Manuela Martelli's excellent direction. Aline Küppenheim plays the part of Carmen with gusto. Martelli can be seen at this festival as an actress as well in Machuca.
Hugo Covarrubias | Chile | 2021 | 16’ | Spanish spoken | English subtitles
Ingrid works as a secret police agent during Chilean military dictatorship in 1975. Her fears and increasingly unnerving relationship to her dog and her own body reveal a frightening fracture in her’d and that of the country.
Q&A with director Manuela Martelli
Fri. 26 Aug | 18:45 | Rialto De Pijp
MANUELA MARTELLI (1983, Chile) is an actress best known for her roles in B-Happy as well as the classic Machuca. Her first short, Apnea, premiered at FICValdivia and she was selected to co-direct the short Land Tides with Amirah Tajdin for Cannes Directors Fortnight’s Chile Factory programme – it premiered at the Fortnight in 2015. 1976 is her debut feature.