The Santiago International Documentary Film Festival (FIDOCS) – to be held between 2 and 11 December – will offer parallel spaces to see and analyze acclaimed works from all over the world.
Taking into account the situation in the country, FIDOCS invited groups of filmmakers to participate in FILE IN PROCESS, an instance composed of material recorded during street demonstrations.
«In line with the demands and social manifestations, and in the face of the need to open the festival as a space for reflection and discussion about the contingency and role of the documentary, we invite groups, filmmakers, and groups to participate in the call,» says Antonia Girardi, FIDOCS Director.
«It is a non-competitive section, intended to showcase videos, shortfilms, micro documentaries and short audiovisual records that have been going on from October 18. We opened the call for a week and received more than 380 works of between 1 and 15 minutes, which added more than 1,000 minutes of revised material. From that overwhelming response, we selected two 60-minute blocks that will be displayed for free at Cine Arte Normandie. It is a section that seeks to dialogue with the historical moment of present-day Chile, and then generate an open conversation,» Girardi emphasizes.
In addition, three films representative of contemporary cinema will be screened: «La fundición del tiempo», by Juan Alvarez Neme (Uruguay, 2019), «The Hidden City», by Víctor Moreno (Spain, 2018) and «Seven Years in May», by Alfonso Uchoa (Brazil, 2019).
«It’s three sensory and untimely films that take the pulse of the real thing, like a kind of seismographs,» Girardi says.
«If in ‘The Hidden City’ the Madrid metro becomes a dark and unpredictable animal, the unconscious of the city; In ‘The Foundry of Time’, a Japanese arborist tries to save an old tree that suffered the effects of Nagasaki, while a horse tamer in a desolate field plots the relationships between humanity and bestiality. Finally, ‘Seven Years in May’, by Affonso Uchoa, (one of the directors of Arabia, winning film of the international feature film competition of FIDOCS 2018) transports us to a continuous time, where the testimony of Rafael, a man who arriving his house was surprised by strangers and never returned, repeats as if that night had never finished that night,» adds Girardi.
FIDOCS File Focus
This year also opens this section that collects valuable works that have been part of the festival. The film chosen is «Chile, I do not invoke your name in vain», by the Collective Cine-Ojo (1983).
«With this documentary, made in the early 80’s by the Collective Cine Ojo, composed of Hernán Castro, Pablo Salas, Jaime Reyes, Mario Díaz and Gastón Ancelovici, among others, we inaugurated our new section FILE FIDOCS. A space that aims to exhibit every year films that have been part of the history of the International Festival of Documentaries of Santiago, bringing to the present works that for one reason or another become especially contingent. In this case, we will exhibit a film made collectively underground, in 1983, a key year for social uprising,» explains Girardi.
Also, in search of expanding disciplinary boundaries, FIDOCS will host this year the installation ‘Memorial Rocas AR’, by documentary filmmaker and visual artist Pepe Rovano.
«This is an interactive tour, in augmented reality, that reconstructs the memory of a ruined place,» says Girardi.
«The work addresses the imaginary of the former cabins of Rocas de Santo Domingo, built during the Popular Unity, as popular spas; which then became, after the coup d’état, the first torture school of the dictatorship’s agents. A digital, interactive and immersive project that reconstructs a space that does not exist, without material intervention. The project aims to contribute to the rescue and reconstruction of the memory of this site. Through the use of an augmented reality app, in which you can get to know and experience the different layers of memory of the site, in the same place, in an exhibition space».
The festival will conclude with the screening of the short film of 17 minutes, ‘Revolver’ (2019), by Frederico Benevides, who will be in the presentation.
«This is a very contingent work,» says Girardi. «It’s a film essay where Glauber Rocha’s iconic ‘Terra en Trance’ collides with the question of the French philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman: Is radicalization really reaching the bottom, at the root of things?»
WHAT: FIDOCS, Santiago International Documentary Festival
WHEN: December 2-11
SEDES: Cinema Arte Normandie, MAVI (Museum of Visual Arts), CCC (Film and Creation Center) and the Extension Center of the National Institute.
INPUT VALUES PER HEADQUARTERS
Headquarters Cinema Art Normandie: General Public $2,000, Students and Seniors $1,000.
Headquarters MAVI, CCC and the National Institute Extension Center: with free entrance.
PROGRAMMING BY HEADQUARTERS
House Cinema Art Normandie:
– National Competition
– International Competition
– Inaugural Film
– Closing Film
– Special Features
– File-in-Process Focus
– Installation of Pepe Rovano.
Thursday 5 December. 21 hours. Entry freed.
– Outdoor projection of ‘Fordlandia Malaise’ by Susana de Sousa Dias.
Olympic Village Headquarters:
Friday 6 December. 21 hours. Entry freed.
– Outdoor projection of ‘For Sama’ by Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts.
Headquarters National Institute Extension Center:
– FIDOCS School