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Cannes: Chile’s Filmmakers on the Verge

Sebastian Brahm
Brahm attracted attention but never quite broke out with debut “Roman’s Circuit.” Returning with what he calls “a woman’s film about thirtysomethings,” Brahm’s “Sex Life of Plants” centers on a woman in love with her sharp-witted husband, before an accident renders him a dullard. A discreetly ironic portrait of human behavior, “Sex Life” looks set for major fest play.

Ernesto Diaz
Díaz made his name with well-received action movies, including pioneering South American martial arts pic “Kiltro.” In 2012, Díaz made “Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman,” an homage to exploitation pix adapted for Latin culture. After “Santiago Violenta,” a gangster comedy, he’s now shooting buddy comedy “Fuerzas Especiales 2: Se Buscan,” a follow-up to Sobras Intl.’s 2014 hit.

Roberto Doveris
An established film writer and producer at Chile’s Niño Niña Films, Doveris is trying his hand as a director. Associate produced by Alicia Scherson (“The Future”), Doveris’ “The Plants,” a sexually souped-up teen psycho-thriller, plays the Cannes Film Market’s pix-in-post showcase BAL Goes to Cannes. Already a buzz title and an Epicentre Award winner at BAL itself last month, it looks major fest bound.

Roberto Farias
Farías appeared in Pablo Larrain’s 2015 Berlin prize winner “The Club” (“El Club”) as well as the director’s Oscar-nominated “No.” His directing credits include “Quiero Entrar” (2011) and “Baretta” (2013). He’s now in production on “Perkin,” a story of a forgotten world, which he wrote in three days and shot in 10 in Santiago.

Alberto Fuguet
A prominent Chilean writer, journalist and film critic, in 1999 Fuguet was named one of the 50 most influential Latin Americans by Time magazine. His newest film, “Invierno,” clocks in at nearly five hours — but is broken into three parts — and bowed at April’s Bafici Fest. The film deals with the unforeseen effects generated by a young writer’s suicide.

Fernando Lavanderos
Lavanderos’ “Things the Way They Are” won the Independent Camera Award at 2013’s Karlovy Vary, with the pic then segueing to Mar del Plata and Viña de Mar. Road movie “Lost North” played as a work-in-progress in March’s Miami Fest Encuentros, curated by Toronto programmer Diana Sanchez, a sign of a film with fest potential or more.

Matias Lira
A UCLA alum known for Chilean TV series “OcioTV” and his 2010 debut, “Drama,” a Work in Progress Havana Fest winner. Opening April 23 in Chile, Lira’s “El bosque de Karadima,” based on true events involving a powerful child-abusing Catholic priest between the 1980s and 2000s, sold 120,000 tix in 10 days, a record for a Chilean drama.

Claudio Marcone
A seasoned advertising director, Marcone’s “In the Grayscale” (“En las gamas de gris”), his feature debut, had its world premiere at the Miami Festival where it was critically well-received. The film is the story of an architect in Santiago who discovers and has to deal with his bisexuality. Film explores the innocence of his new relationship.

Marcia Tambutti
Snapped up by Edouard Waintrop for Directors’ Fortnight, Tambutti’s first feature, “Allende, mi abuelo Allende” portrays her grandfather Salvador Allende not as a political icon but in personal terms with his friends on holiday, “relating in a special way with almost everyone,” Tambutti says. Worldwide sales beckon for a high-profile and resonant documentary.

Omar Zuniga
After picking up a Berlin best short Teddy for “San Cristobal,” a 29-minute love story between two young men, Zuñiga is on the radar. A founding partner of Cinestacíon, a Santiago-based production company making creative auteur cinema, Zuñiga is developing “San Cristobal” into his first feature supported by the Ibermedia program, among others.

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