Kino Lorber has acquired all North American distribution rights to Manuela Martelli’s 1976, which made its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and will be released in North America as Chile 1976.
Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release next winter.
The directorial debut of Chilean actress Manuela Martelli (Machuca, Il Futuro), Chile 1976 is written by Martelli and Alejandra Moffat and stars Aline Kuppenheim, reuniting with her Machuca co-star Martelli, alongside Nicolás Sepúlveda, Hugo Medina and Alejandro Goic. The film is produced by Chilean writer-directors Omar Zuniga (The Strong Ones) and Dominga Sotomayor (Too Late to Die Young) for Cinestación, Alejandra Garcia, and Andres Wood for Wood Producciones, and co-produced by Nathalia Videla Peña and Juan Pablo Gugliotta for Magma Cine.
Set during the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship, Chile 1976 builds from quiet character study to gripping suspense thriller as it explores one woman’s precarious flirtation with political engagement. Carmen (Aline Kuppenheim), who leads a sheltered upper middle class existence, heads to her summer house to supervise its renovation, while also performing local charitable works through her church. When the family priest asks her to take care of an injured young man he has been sheltering in secret, Carmen is inadvertently drawn into the world of the Chilean political opposition and must face real-world threats she is unprepared to handle, leading to disastrous consequences.
The deal for Chile 1976 was negotiated by Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell and Jennyfer Gautier, head of international sales for Luxbox Films.
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“As the tone of Manuela Martelli’s masterful debut morphs from drama to thriller, it relentlessly draws audiences into lead character Carmen’s psyche in a chillingly experiential way,” Kino Lorber SVP Wendy Lidell said in a statement. “Chile 1976 explores political and social issues that remain quite relevant today, and though set in Pinochet’s Chile, we think Carmen’s journey into dangerous waters will resonate with North American audiences.”
“I am glad that 1976 will be part of a catalog along with other important films that have influenced me. Kino Lorber is an amazing partner to reach North American audiences and to have the film be seen as much as possible,” Manuela Martelli said in a statement.