Huacho

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    Huacho

    Directed by

    Chile, France, Germany

    2009

    90 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Cannes IFF - International Critics' WeekToronto IFF - Contemporary World Cinema San Sebastián IFF - Horizontes Latinos

    On a long day at the end of summer, four members of a southern Chilean peasant family struggle to adapt to the changing world in which they live in, a world where a video game or a new dress can be as precious as a liter of milk or a glass of wine. A new, global world where boundaries between tradition and modernity are fading and values are quickly changing.

    Awards

    • Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award
    • Best Film - Viña del Mar IFF
    • Best Director - Punta del Este IFF
    • Best First Film - Habana FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Manuel Hernández
    Clemira Aguayo
    Cornelio Villagrán
    Alejandra Yañez
    Screenplay
    Alejandro Fernández Almendras
    Cinematography
    Inti Briones
    Editing
    Sébastien de Sainte Croix
    Sales
    PLAYTIME
    Production
    CHARIVARI FILMS
    Production
    JIRAFA FILMS
    Production
    PANDORA FILMPRODUKTION
    Production
    ARTE FRANCE CINEMA

    Press

    A debut feature whose unaffected style and truthful qualities... gradually gain depth, as time seems to slip away.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    A labour of love in the best sense.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Terrific; one of the most beautiful films in the history Chilean cinema.

    Christian Ramírez, Revista Capital

    His minimalist script blends with docu-style direction that reveals the minor beauties of the rural setting, as well as the darker plight of peasants trying to survive in a ruthless market economy.

    Jordan Mintzer, Variety

    Probably the best Chilean film of the last years.

    Diego Lerer, El Clarín

    Alejandro Fernández Almendras

    Alejandro Fernández Almendras

    Chile

    Film criticism has been key to my work as a filmmaker

    Born in 1971, Chile. Alejandro Fernández Almendras studied journalism and since 2002 has directed several awarded short films. His debut feature HUACHO (2009) premiered in Festival de Cannes and his second film BY THE FIRE (2011) premiered at San Sebastian FF. TO KILL A MAN (2014) won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance FF and represented Chile at the Academy and Goya Awards. His film MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2016) premiered at San Sebastian and Sundance FF. His latest film, THE BEST WE CAN (2018), partially funded by the Jeonju Cinema Project grant, courtesy of the Korean festival, was screened at Jeonju IFF 2018. In 2019 he released his film THE PLAY.

    Selected Filmography