The Chilean film industry lives its best time with over 25 films released in 2010, 80 awards since 2005 and about 30 nominations for major awards, noted by experts in an article published by ANSA (informative agency).
Today all the fields related to audiovisual production come together. A generation of talented filmmakers, come together with favorable conditions in the industry, with promotion and regulation, which allow the Chilean cinema to take a quantum leap”, said the Executive Secretary of the Council of Arts and the Audiovisual industry, Alberto Chaigneau.
Director Matías Bize, awarded a Goya for best Hispano-American film “The life of the fish” (“La vida de los peces”), stressed that the increased recognition of the Chilean productions at international festivals realize a turning point of the local industry.
“That we have, once again, won a Goya speaks of the good moment of Chilean cinema. Particularly for my film, this award opens new doors in countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain”, said the filmmaker, whose work became the third Chilean movie to be awarded the Goya.
For its part, the co-director of CinemaChile, Sergio Gándara, stressed that more than the number of films released, there is a reflection regarding the good quality of Chilean cinema, which in his view comes from “a generation of talented directors”.
Jennyfer Salvo, Director of Communications of the Foundation Image of Chile, stressed that cinema is the key in the positioning of the image of any country.
“Coupled with the pleasure of seeing and learning stories, cinema allows us to come closer to other countries, other ways. By its impact and mass, it is a powerful vehicle to show the world who we are, how we are, that we care and are concerned. And that is the key to our work”, she said.
Together with the Life of Fishes, in recent years also have been awarded the Chilean films The Good Life, of Andrés Wood (Goya in 2009); The Nana, from director Sebastián Silva (Sundance Prize for best actress in 2009); Tony Manero (Havana and Turin 2008 festivals), from Pablo Larraín; Taxi for Three of Orlando Lübbert (Golden Sea Shell at San Sebastian, 1994) The Border, from Ricardo Larraín (Goya in 1991) and the short film The Shower (Berlinale 2011).