'Colón Cinema' projects'La frontera', a symbol of Chilean cinematography - La Provincia

'Colón Cinema' projects'La frontera', a symbol of Chilean cinematography - La Provincia


The House of Columbus proposes the second film of the cycle that reviews the cinematography of Latin America that promotes together with the Vertigo Film Association, Columbus Cinema, projecting on February 28, at 8 pm and with free admission, the film Border, from the director Ricardo Larraín, one of the most attractive and suggestive films of Latin American cinema of the nineties.

Border, is possibly one of the first samples of purely Chilean cinema emanated after the abandonment of the power of Augusto Pinochet in the year 1990. Considered as a symbol not only of the cinematographic culture of Chile, but also of the political transition that took place in said brother country at the beginning of the nineties, it is a Spanish-Chilean production of the late Chilean director Ricardo Larraín, released in 1991 and starring Patricio Contreras and Gloria Laso. The film cost 70 million of the old pesetas, a luxury budget for the Chilean cinema of that time, in whose production participated Spanish Television and the producer of the singer Víctor Manuel.

The film became in its day a film phenomenon in Chile, it won the Silver Bear at the Berlin festival in 1991 and the Goya Award for the best Spanish-language film, also in 1991. "The frontier", according to Larraín, who died at 58, "is a symbol of the search for consensus in Chilean society." How to discover that human rights are inviolable even in the last human place in the world is the message conveyed by this film.

The plot of the film starts showing three men traveling in a car with destination in principle unknown. From the conversations held between them it is perceived that one of the passengers of the car, the teacher of mathematics Ramiro Orellana, is uncomfortable with the company of his travel colleagues. We will soon discover that Ramiro is being transported by a couple of police officers to the border, a desolate place located in the extreme south of Chile devastated by the tsunamis and the inclemency of the atmosphere, only inhabited by a series of people who have renounced modern world amenities by choice or obligation, given that the mathematician has been sentenced to exile in the last days of the Pinochet dictatorship for having publicly signed a letter written in favor of a colleague by profession listed as an enemy of the regime. Subjected to an ironclad authoritarian control, Orellana will relive all the pains of exile that made him stay away from his son and finds love in an intense and contradictory passion with Maite, a Spanish refugee from the Civil War. The protagonist will thus transfer his own internal borders and see the territory devastated by a tsunami.

In addition to making other feature films such as The red boy, the movie (2014), Chile Can (2008) or The enthusiasm, and documentaries like Raúl Silva Henríquez, the cardinal (1997), Larraín collaborated as executive producer in the telenovela Brownish skin and as a director of more than 800 advertisements for Chile and other countries. In 2001 he directed the dramatic area of ​​the Television Corporation of the Catholic University and was a professor in the School of Journalism of the same. In 2004 he founded the Guild Association of Directors and Screenwriters of Chile and in 2006 the Film School of the Universidad Mayor.

The projection of this drama is part of a program of diffusion and promotion of cinematography in Latin America carried out by the Casa de Colón together with the Vertigo Film Association since 2010, and within a strictly cultural framework that welcomes works of all genres.

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