In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Cineteca Nacional (National Cinema), you can catch a week’s worth of Chilean movies for less than it would cost to buy a single (legitimate) one on DVD.
The Cineteca Nacional is located in the basement of the Centro Cultural La Moneda and shows themed movie series, often from a country or region of the world. It has a monthly schedule which you can subscribe to the mailing list for, or just drop in and nearly every day in the afternoon there’ll be something to check out.
This year from the 8th to the 16th of March, they’ll be putting on their 5th anniversary show, with tickets priced at just 1,000 CLP (about two dollars) for the functions at 3:30, 5:00 and 6:00 PM. Specifically, they’ll be showing the restored version of “El Idolo” by Pierre Chenal from 1952, the first Chilean movie about the police (March 8th). Other featured movies will include “Queridos Compañeros” by Pablo de la Barra, which was filmed in 1973, during the Unidad Popular, and talks about the presidency of Eduardo Frei. It was completed while the directors were in exile from the country following the 1973 military coup. Other historical Chilean movies will also be shown.
Tickets for these and all films presented here can be purchased at the ticket kiosk accessible by the east side pedestrian entrance, down a long ramp past a fountain. While you’re in the building, be sure to check out the handicraft stores, great bookstore Metales Pesados and one of the two cafés onsite. In addition, don’t miss the free photo and documentary exhibit about indigenous cultures in the south of Chile from the early 20th century. The exhibit is in the same building, on Gallery level -3. More information here.
- Where: Centro Cultural La Moneda (La Moneda metro)
- When: March 8th-16th, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- Cost: 1,000 CLP (approximately US $2)