September 11 marked a very different occasion in Chile. It was 40 years ago that a CIA backed military operation ousted a democratically elected
president and launched 17 years of fear and violence on the nation. Chilean artists only survived if they went in to exile and film schools were
closed. Expression wasn't encouraged so it's incredible that today these Chilenos and Chilenas have a voice and have made such an impact on the
international film landscape.
They came through the dictatorship and have an admiration and camaraderie with one another that inspires each other with an unbreakable bond. Today is Chilean Independence day and we wanted to ask these filmmakers who has inspired them. As a Chileno, I dedicate this to my mother.
Nicolas Lopez - Aftershock
Sebastián Lelio - Gloria
Inspiration: John Cassavetes, Francois Truffaut, Raoul Ruiz, Pier Palo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini.
Read SydneysBuzz interview with Sebastián Leilo HERE
Alice Scherson - Il Futuro
Inspiration: Michelangelo Antonioni, Agnes Varda, Hal Hartley, Alfred Hitchcock, Raul Ruiz.
Marialy Rivas - Joven Y Alocada
Inspiration: Jean Luc Godard, Wim Wenders, Lars Von Trier, Alfred Hitchcock, Antonioni
“I'm going with the classics being cinema such a young art, no?”
Cristian Jimenez - Bonsai
Inspiration: Aki Kaurismaki, Nicholas Ray, Raúl Ruiz, Yasujiro Ozu, Jan Svankmajer
Che Sandoval - Te creís la más linda... (Pero erís la más puta)
Inspiration: Jim Jarmush, John Casavettes, Andrew Bujalsky, John Houston, Jean Luc Godard
Matias Lira - Drama
Inspiration: Werner Herzog, Luchino Visconti, John Cassavetes, David Lynch, Lars Von Trier (From Chile: Raul Ruiz, Andres Wood, Pablo Larrain, Ignacio Agüero, Patricio Guzman)
Rodrigo Marin - Zoologico
Inspiration: Ruben Ostlund, Ulrich Seidl, Yorghos Lanthimos, Cristian Jimenez, James Grey
Ernesto Diaz Espinoza – Santiago Violenta
Inspiration: Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Takeshi Kitano, Alfred Hitchcock
Maria Jose San Martin – La Ducha
Inspiration: Woody Allen, Michael Haneke, Martin Rejim, Rodrigo Garcia, John Cassavetes
Another recent notable Chilean film is The Summer of Flying Fish by Marcela Said
Read Sydney's interview with Marcela Said during TIFF HERE
Read our review for the film HERE