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  • View of the Am Postdamer Platz Theater, Berlin, Germany, Feb. 18, 2020.

    View of the Am Postdamer Platz Theater, Berlin, Germany, Feb. 18, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 20 February 2020
Opinion

The 70th edition of Berlin Film Festival is one of the best places to promote Latin American films.

Chile became Thursday the first Latin American country to participate in the European Film Market (EFM), an event which is part of the celebration of the Berlin film festival, "the Berlinale."

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The 70th edition of the prestigious international event, in which Chile will participate in the "Focus Country" section, is one of the best places to promote Latin American films.

One of them is Indigenous voices in Chilean cinema, which explore issues of resistance, identity, and solidarity, as recently explained by the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage.

"The Tango of the Widower and its Distorting Mirror", by directors Raul Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento, will be the first of about 20 Chilean films brought by the nearly 70 independent film professionals and producers from the Latin American nation invited to the event.

This feature film is one of the most anxiously awaited premieres by the world's film community, according to CinemaChile, the sectorial brand of the foreign trade agency ProChile.

Chilean producers are on the catalog's cover of the European Film Market of the Berlin Film Festival, the Berlinale 

 
The Chilean films that will compete for "the Golden Bear" are 18, six of which are directed by women. The international jury is presided over by British actor Jeremy Irons.

"Chile's participation in the market has grown a lot because of the wonderful work of the industry and the quality of the films. Also because of the energy, the great ideas and the expansion of Chilean cinema in Latin America and Europe," the EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol noted.​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Berlin Film Festival will pay tribute to the victims of the shootings that took place in two bars​​​​​​​ at Hanau city on Wednesday, as the Berlinale organizers said.​​​​​​​

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