VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN OPENS ON MARCH 29 AT NEW YORK’S LINCOLN PLAZA CINEMAS AND QUAD CINEMA
Director Andrés Wood and Actress Francisca Gavilán will be available for interviews in New York from March 26 – 30
New York Press Screenings To Be Held on March 7 (6pm) and March 19 (6pm) at Magno Screening Room
Kino Lorber is proud to announce the New York theatrical release of VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN, a critically acclaimed and unconventional biopic of iconic Chilean folk singer, poet and artist Violeta Parra (1917-1967). The film was directed by Andrés Wood, the acclaimed Chilean director behind Machuca (2004) and Soccer Stories (1997).
Winner of the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize in 2012, VIOLETA was Chile’s official Oscar entry in 2011 and had its New York premiere at the prestigious LatinBeat 2012, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and programmed by Richard Peña and Marcela Goglio.
Set to open on March 29 at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Quad VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN will open in additional cities in April, including Santa Fe (The Screen) on April 12 and Chicago (Music Box Theatre) on April 26, before expanding nationwide.
Loosely based on Ángel Parra’s memoirs of his mother Violeta Parra, the film offers a multi-faceted and lyrical portrayal of an influential figure in world music and complex cultural icon of Chile’s history. Violeta Parra’s revival of Chilean traditional music galvanized a socially and politically committed pan-Latin American folk music movement, the “nueva canción,” and became a reference for other Latin American artists committed to their national legacies.
Violeta Parra is portrayed by Chilean stage and screen actress Francisca Gavilán whose richly textured performance and startlingly moving renditions of Violeta Parra’s songs have received extraordinary acclaim around the world. Ms. Gavilán also worked closely with Mr. Parra on the film’s soundtrack (available at http://soundcloud.com/violetalapeli/) and is considered one of leading performers in the Chilean film scene.
Andrés Wood, the director of four previous films including affecting portraits of Chilean political and cultural history, Machuca and Soccer Stories, employs a fictionalized televised interview of Violeta Parra as a narrative spine in an impressionistic film that “moves elegantly back and forth in time to limn the life of a woman who perpetually struggled to find her place.” (Jonathan Holland, VARIETY)
Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderón and Andrés Wood wrote the screenplay. Miguel Ioan Littin (Machuca, Fuga) was the cinematographer.
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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Magno Screening Room – Review II
6pm – 110 Minutes
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Magno Screening Room – Review I
6pm – 110 Minutes