Violeta Went to Heaven
Director: AndrĂ©s Wood
Screenwriters: Eliseo Altunaga
Like a Chilean Edith Piaf or Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra was a folksinger and pop culture icon whose songs, like â€śGracias a la Vida,â€ť expressed the soul of her nation and protested social injustice. Violeta Went to Heaven tells Parraâ€™s extraordinary story, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation to Chileâ€™s national hero, while capturing the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibilities, and passions.
Director AndrĂ©s Wood, whose films are distinguished for crystallizing Chileâ€™s zeitgeist, wisely moves beyond linear biography, drawing on an impressionistic structure and a reverberating performance by actress Francisca GavilĂˇn, to unearth the elusive, charged core of this magnetic character. Wood evocatively interweaves key set pieces from Parraâ€™s lifeâ€”her humble family roots, her Paris foray as a celebrated visual artist, her travels through Chile to preserve disappearing traditional culture, her tenuous hold on motherhood, and her tumultuous love life. And then thereâ€™s the music. Violetaâ€™s heart-wrenching, indelible songs permeate this film, and they will penetrate the viewerâ€™s soul.
- International Narrative Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- Chile/Argentina/Brazil/Spain, 110 min.
- World Cinema Jury Prize Dramatic