Making foremost competitors on the 49th Huelva Ibero-American Movie Competition in Spain, “Jail within the Andes” (“Penal Cordillera”) trains a highlight on the scandalous imprisonment of 5 high-ranking officers of Basic Augusto Pinochet’s brutal army junta.
We discover these males serving out their sentences amounting to some 800 hundred years in a well-appointed mansion with a pool, gardens and aviaries within the Andes foothills and the place their so-called guards wait on them hand and foot. At occasions, violence erupts among the many guards, who’re digital prisoners themselves.
“I wished the story to be a metaphor for Chilean society,” mentioned its writer-director Felipe Carmona who selected to make this story of misplaced justice his debut function. Whereas the info across the case are depicted within the movie, he has inserted parts of fantasy and fictional scenes to carry the story to life, imagining the conversations they’d have had amongst themselves.
Their pampered lives are rudely disrupted when considered one of them is interviewed on tv and he haughtily reveals that the soldier standing behind him is there to hold his cane, to not guard him. The general public backlash results in their privileges being revoked and a switch to extra spartan digs.
Among the solid members, led by Andrew Bargsted, Hugo Medina, Bastián Bodenhöfer, Alejandro Trejo, Mauricio Pešutić and Óscar Hernández, had themselves been detained and tortured by the regime. “It was, in a means, their means of avenging themselves and a cathartic expertise to play the opposite facet,” mentioned Carmona, who cites, amongst his references for the movie, Luis Buñuel’s “The Exterminating Angel,” Claire Denis’ “Beau Travail,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Marco Ferreri’s “La Grande Bouffe.”
The movie was shot in January and February of final 12 months outdoors the capital of Santiago the place Carmona labored along with his cousin, DP Mauro Veloso, who had additionally shot Carmona’s quick movies. “We have now developed a shorthand between us, which makes it a lot simpler,” Carmona famous.
Not not like Pablo Larraín’s neo-gothic comedy “The Depend” the place Pinochet is depicted as a vampire, Carmona portrays Pinochet in a satiric black and white sequence paying homage to a Nineteen Twenties silent film.
However the similarities stay there. “We Chileans ask ourselves why we hold reminiscent of the dictatorship,” he mused. “I believe it’s as a result of there’s nonetheless no closure, the structure underneath Pinochet stays unchanged to today,” he added.
“Penal Cordillera” was produced by director-producers Dominga Sotomayor (“Too Late to Die Younger”) and Omar Zuñiga (“The Sturdy Ones”) of Cinestación, in co-production with Multiverso, Brazil.
The drama, which had its world premiere on the BFI London Movie Competition, will likely be launched by Storyboard Media in Chile on Nov. 23.
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