Calle Santa Fe

(Chile/France/Belgium, 2007, 164 minutes)

A former democratic activist in Chile, exiled for the best part of 30 years, finally musters up the courage to return to the house where her husband, a leftist party leader, was killed by the police in 1974, and asks herself and her friends of the time whether their political activism was worth the personal sacrifices they endured. Gripping, sweeping mix of personal memoir and political history that, despite the odd longueur, works wonderfully precisely thanks to the embracing of the personal angle and the contradictions it brings.

A Wild Bunch release. A Parox/Les Films d'Ici/Les Films de la Passerelle/Institut National de l'Audiovisuel-INA/Love Streams Agnès B. Productions presentation/production, with the participation of Centre National de la Cinématographie, Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique, Télédistributeurs Wallons, Gobierno de Chile, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes and Fondo de Fomento Audiovisual de Chile, and the support of Eurimages. With testimony from Silvia Castillo, Rosalía Martínez, Carlos Liberona, Pedro Rosas, Patrício Rivas, Andrés Pascal Allende, Lucia Sepúlveda, Gladys Díaz, Mateo Muñoz, Pedro Fernandez, Margarita Marchi, Cecilia Sarpa, Zabrína Pérez, Erica Pfennings, Viviana Uribe, Maria Emilia Marchi, Cristián Castillo, Rosa Oletza, Blanca Ibarra, Luisa Toledo, Manuel Vergara, Rene Valenzuela, Carmen Peña, Maria Cristina Pacheco, Renard Betancourt, Edgardo Enríquez, Bautista van Schouwen. Directed and written by Carmen Castillo; produced by Sergio Gándara, Serge Lalou, Sophie de Hijes, Christine Pireaux, Christophe Barreyre, Sylvie Blum, Agnès B., Nadja Romain; music by Juan Carlos Zagal; directors of photography (Swiss Effects/Schwarz Film), Ned Burgess, Raphaël O'Byrne; film editor, Eva Feigeles-Aimé.


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