Berlinale

Huacho

Synopsis
On a long and eventful day, four members of a southern Chilean peasant family (Pedro and his wife Olga, their daughter Marta and their grandson Rodrigo) struggle to adapt to the changing world in which they live in; a world where a Gameboy or a new dress can be as precious as a litre of milk or a glass of wine; where the boundaries between tradition and modernity are quickly disappearing.

Director’s note
With a mix of candor, empathy and simplicity, Huacho depicts a day in the life of four members of a peasant family who live on the outskirts of the city of Chillán, in the south of Chile, dealing with the many transformations of the life of the peasantry at the turn of the century.


World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2009, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Key festivals and awards
Munich International Film Festival 2009
Jerusalem International Film Festival 2009
Toronto International Film Festival 2009
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2009
Best Film, Viña del Mar International Film Festival 2009
Best First Film, Havana International Film Festival 2009

Chile, 2009
Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras
Producers: Jirafa Films (Chile), Charivari Films (France), Pandora Film (Germany)
German WCF partner: Pandora Film
World sales: Films Distribution (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2006
Funding amount: 50.000 €