Spotlight: Chile

SEBASTIAN BRAHM
Writer/director/editor/actor
Producer Gregorio Gonzalez credits Brahm as “an original voice (with) a great sense of mise-en-scene (and) the guts to tackle an extremely complex debut film,” referring to the bilingual multi-talent’s ambitious first feature, “Roman’s Circuit,” which preemed in Toronto. Brahm’s previous output includes prizewinning shorts and docus. His next pic, “Sex Life of Plants,” is participating in the Puentes-Australab workshop.

ESTEBAN LARRAIN
Writer/director
Considered one of Chile’s new wave, Larrain crafts docus and pics informed by his international studies in film, political science and journalism. Nurtured at Cannes’ Cinefondation Residence program, Larrain’s second feature, a fact-based drama called “The Passion of Michelangelo,” centers on a priest who investigates a religious phenomenon during the Pinochet regime. Pic follows his Locarno special jury prizewinner “Alice in the Land.”

PEDRO PEIRANO
Writer/illustrator/puppeteer
Peirano, who is writing Canana’s “Nino Santo” for TV in Mexico, penned some of Chile’s most successful pics, including “The Maid,” Sundance screenplay winner “Young & Wild” and the upcoming “No.” He also created, wrote, directed and voiced Nickelodeon puppet skein “31 Seconds,” which he spun off into a movie. “Pedro has an outstanding intuitive talent and has a capacity for work I’ve seen in few people,” says “No” producer Juan de Dios Larrain.

CHE SANDOVAL
Writer/director
Sandoval won a slew of accolades for his post-film studies debut “You Think You’re the Prettiest. . .” The spin-off, Guadalajara Construye co-winner “You Think You’re the Most Talented. . .,” is a dramedy that plumbs the miseries of machismo following a feckless husband’s epic bender-odyssey through Santiago at night. L.A.-based Titra will subtitle the slang-heavy film as part of the prize Sandoval took home from Guadalajara.

DOMINGA SOTOMAYOR
Writer/director
With a talent for drawing strong performances from her cast, including children, Sotomayor weaves powerful atmospheres from subtle moments. Her solid feature debut, “Thursday Till Sunday,” has won several prizes since participating in Cannes’ 2010 Residence program and the seventh Berlinale Talent Campus. Sotomayor nabbed the Sundance Institute’s Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award to develop her next project, “Late to Die Young.”

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