CANNES – Directed by Marcia Tambutti, a granddaughter of Salvador Allende, “Beyond My Grandfather Allende” has scoped Cannes’ first L’Oeil d’Or, awarded to its best documentary.
Stig Bjorkman’s “Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words,” earned a mention.
Snapped up by Edouard Waintrop for Directors’ Fortnight, Tambutti’s first feature, “Allende” portrays her grandfather, Chilean president Salvador Allende, not as a political icon but in personal terms, as a family man, with his friends, on holiday, “relating in a special way with almost everyone,” Tambutti told Variety before Cannes.
A Chilean-Mexican feature, produced by Errante, Martifilms and Fragua Cine, Tambutti’s documented search for a more intimate sense of her grandfather also breaks with her family’s silence about him.
“I was brought up in a matriarchy and seeing these strong women, I wanted to know how my family dynamics operated” when Allende was alive, Tambutti said.
Tambutti’s kudo is yet another triumph for Latin American cinema at Cannes, which already topped Critics’ Week on Thursday with Santiago Mitre’s “Paulina” and Cesar Acevedo’s “Land and Shade” and Directors’ Fortnight on Friday with Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent.”
It is also another win for Chilean documentary, after Patricio Guzman scooped a best screenplay Silver Bear for “The Pearl Necklace” at 2015’s Berlin Fest.
They do not work alone. In recognition of the country’s burgeoning docu tradition, Chile wil be the guest of honor at next year’s Nyon Visions du Reel, on of Europe’s premier docu events.
Fourteen features competed for the first L’Oeil d’Or at Cannes, which closes with another: Luc Jacquet’s “Ice and the Sky.”