Stylish thriller set to Chile during Pinochet’s regime.
With 1976 we get a stylish thriller sublimely capturing the time it takes place in. The film was shown in the prestigious competition section Director’s Fortnight at the film festival in Cannes earlier this year and takes us back to the ravages of the Pinochet regime in the 1970s.
1976 was one of the bloodiest years of the Pinochet regime and our story begins with 49-year-old Carmen who arrives at her family’s country house by the sea to supervise the redecoration of the house before the summer. At a point she hears gunfire somewhere nearby, before she shortly after is visited by the local priest. He tells her that they have taken in a young, wounded man in the annex by the church and asks for her help to take care of him. This is the beginning of a fight to save the life of a resistance fighter on the death list of Pinochet’s secret intelligence service.
Women are in charge both in front of and behind the camera of Manuela Martinelli’s thriller. It is an exquisitely developed period drama that really pulls you in, especially through the performance of Aline Kuppenheim (A Fantastic Woman) in the main role. The film has received very good reviews and we are proud to present it in our section for new and exciting talents.
Manuela Martinelli is most known as an actress and made her directing debut with her first short film Apnea in 2015. The same year she made the documentary Chile Factory, before making the short film Marea de tierra (2016). 1976 is her feature film debut.
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Original title Chile, '76
Country Chile, Argentine
Director Manuela Martinelli
Screenplay Manuela Martinelli, Alejandro Moffat
Cinematography Soledad Rodríguez
Producer Dominga Sotomayor, Omar Zúniga, Andres Wood
Cast Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Sepúlveda, Hugo Medina
Production Company Cinestacion
Runtime 1h 35m
Genre Suspense, Drama
Age limit 15
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.