The Award winning Chilean film “Machuca” will be screened at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in collaboration with AfricAvenir on 9 September. The film directed by Chilean director Andres Wood is considered to be among the best top 20 films in Latin America for the last 20 years.
The film set in 1973 follows the story of two 12 year olds from opposite extremes of society who form an unlikely friendship during the last days of President Allende and the first days of Dictator Augusto Pinochet. The film shows the perspective of Gonzalo Infante, a privileged boy who sees the lives of the underprivileged through the eyes of his new found friend Pedro Machuca. The events are accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack with heart-stopping beats that propel the drama of the story.
The Film Has won awards such as the Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, The Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Valdivia (Chile) Film Festival and was also selected for Chile’s 2004 Academy Award Entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The Film also received raving reviews from a host of international newspapers although this never materialised into box office success.
Machuca is however not Andres Wood’s first and only accomplishment, his 2011 film “Violetta Went To Heaven” was also selected for Chile’s 2011 Academy Award Entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
With this screening AfricAvenir wants to highlight the great cinema cultures from around the world.