The Passion of Michelangelo (La pasión de Michelangelo)

Chile, 1983. The first demonstrations threat Pinochet. In a village, a boy begins to see the Virgin Mary and in few days, thousands gather to see the visions. The Church suspects a montage and sends a priest to investigate.

Director’s note
I was 10 when Miguel Angel (14) began to see the Virgin. I remember the images on the television showing those thousands of people forming endless lines to reach the hill where the Virgin Mary was supposed to appear. Twenty five years had to go by for the protagonists of this story to confess the obvious: a huge hoax, an elaborate manipulation of popular faith. This story, absurd and tragic, exaggerated and dark, reveals us as people in need of affection, recognition, existence; ready to give in, without further questioning, to luminous promises – paradise, development, the football World Cup. Over and over, we wake up, ashamed of our atavistic naivety and cruelty.

World premiere
Rome International Film Festival 2012, Alice nella Città

Key festivals and awards
Rome International Film Festival 2012
Göteborg International Film Festival 2013

Chile, 2012
Director: Esteban Larraín
Producers: Piranha Films (Chile), Tchin Tchin Productions (France), MC Producciones (Argentina), Primer Plano (Argentina), Röpke Films (Germany)
German WCF partner: Röpke Films
World sales: Films Boutique (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2010
Funding amount: 40.000 €