With its recent Oscar win for A Fantastic WomanChile cemented itself as a powerhouse when it comes to Latin American cinema. That should have come as no surprise to anyone paying attention. With lauded work by the likes of Pablo Larraín, Pablo Trapero, Dominga Sotomayor, Sebastian Silva, Sebastian Lelio, and Marialy Rivas, among others, Chile has been producing excellent movies that grapple both with the country’s dark past and imagine an even brighter future.

Whether you’re looking to dive into a country’s filmography that remains all too new for you, or eager to revisit some of your faves, we’ve compiled a sampling of 20 films — all available to stream! — that you can watch to get a sense of Chile’s storied cinematic history. Check them all below.

1

Sin filtro

Country Chile
Production Year 2016

Available to stream on Netflix.

Synopsis

This raucous Chilean comedy follows Pía (Paz Bascuñán), a woman who, after visiting a Chinese doctor to settle a pain in her chest, finds herself unable to filter her thoughts. Everything she would usually bottle up—her frustrations with her partner, with her boss, with strangers on the street—suddenly flows out of her. This being a comedy in the vein of Jim Carrey’s Liar, Liar, Pía soon finds out that while this newfound honesty is liberating, it also comes at a price.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
No Filter
Director Nicolás López
Country Chile
Genre Comedy
Writer Nicolás López Diego Ayala
Producer Miguel Asensio
Production Year 2016
Running Time 100 minutes
2

Neruda

Director Pablo Larrain
Production Year 2016

Available to stream on Netflix, Google Play, and iTunes.

Synopsis

Those looking for a straight-up biopic of famed Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, have come to the wrong film. In its place, Pablo Larraín has crafted a meta-poetic treatise on fiction and politics. Ostensibly, we’re being told the story (in first person voiceover narration) of how police officer Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) is trying to capture Neruda (Luis Gnecco), now a wanted man by the state. But with a dreamlike, fragmented shooting style that disorients you from line to line, Larraín is as interested in evoking Neruda’s artistry as he is in crafting a thrilling chase through late ’40s Chilean landscapes.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
3

Una mujer fantástica

Country Chile
Production Year 2017
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'Una mujer fantastica' still courtesy of TIFF 2017

Available to stream on Amazon, YouTube, and Vudu.

Synopsis

Marina (Daniela Vega), the transgender heroine of A Fantastic Woman, is beautiful, enigmatic, and plunged into a precarious situation after her boyfriend dies unexpectedly in her company. Fifty-seven-year-old divorcé Orlando (Francisco Reyes) wakes in the middle of the night, suffers an aneurism, and falls down some stairs, sustaining injuries that will come to haunt Marina after she takes him to the hospital and attempts to slip away before authorities and family members begin prying. Marina knows she’s regarded with suspicion for her youth, class, and, above all, gender status. She expects to gain little from Orlando’s demise, but the viciousness of Orlando’s son, the cold-heartedness of Orlando’s ex-wife, and the intrusiveness of a detective from the Sexual Offenses Investigation Unit force Marina to not only clear her name, but also to demand the very thing no one seems willing to give her: respect.


Film Details
A Fantastic Woman
Director Sebastían Lelio
Country Chile
Genre Drama
Writer Gonzalo Maza Sebastián Lelio
Producer Sebastián Lelio Gonzalo Maza Pablo Larraín Juan de Dios Larraín
Production Year 2017
Running Time 103 minutes
4

La nana

Country Chile
Production Year 2009

Available to stream on Fandor, Amazon, and iTunes.

Synopsis

Family maid and nanny Raquel has been working with the same family for years taking caring of their ginormous house and grounds and also helping to raise their kids. Like most families over time both kids and parents experience growing pains—mostly over minor dramas involving surging teenage hormones and power struggles for independence. But for Raquel, who both is and isn’t the authority figure in these kids’ lives, this period is particularly difficult especially when it comes to dealing with feisty teenage Camila who tries to get her own way and reminds Raquel of her place as the one who is supposed to take orders not give them. The family’s mother, exasperated with any kind of domestic drama, sees Raquel’s exhaustion and insists that another maid be hired to help Raquel with her large workload. But Raquel is super territorial and in a series of hilarious scenes finds near-demonic ways to literally and figuratively shut out potential new help as a series of maids begin their jobs and promptly quit under Raquel’s sadistic schtick. But one maid, Lucy, is different and sees through Raquel’s defense tactics. Figuring Raquel has lived most of her adult life without a family or any kind of personal life outside of her employers Lucy warms to rather than runs away from Raquel and begins to show Raquel what happiness just might feel like. The film, with a sometime handheld camera style that mimics Raquel’s nervous OCD tendencies, manages to be dark, hilarious, frustrating, and poignant—shying away from any criticism of the class structures that underlie such situations but even so it’s a real winner.

Maria-Christina Villaseñor

Film Details
The Maid
Director Sebastián Silva
Country Chile
Genre Comedy Drama
Writer Sebastián Silva Pedro Peirano
Producer Gregorio González
Production Year 2009
Running Time 95 minutes
5

Joven y Alocada

Director Marialy Rivas
Country Chile
Production Year 2012

Available to stream on Amazon and YouTube.

Synopsis

Daniela is a 17 year-old who falls in love with both a guy and a girl. She juggles the relationships, trying to avoid one from finding out about the other. Daniela documents all her sexual exploits in a blog that develops a huge following. The film, Joven y Alocada — taking its name from the real-life blog it is based on — is playful, frenetic, and exuberant, mimicking teenaged Daniela’s explosive sexual urges. A barrage of images, graphics, on-screen text, pictures, cartoons, and clips of porn movies put you inside Daniela’s blog, immersed in her virtual world of instant messages, blog comments, emails, and anonymous encounters. It’s a coming-of-age story that deals with female sexuality in a frank way that’s rarely seen in film.

Vanessa Erazo

Film Details
Young & Wild
Director Marialy Rivas
Country Chile
Genre Drama
Writer María José Viera-Gallo Sebastián Sepúlveda Marialy Rivas Camila Gutiérrez Pedro Peirano
Producer Pablo Larraín Juan de Dios Larraín
Production Year 2012
Running Time 95 minutes
6

El club

Director Pablo Larrain
Country Chile
Production Year 2015

Available to stream on Shudder, Amazon, and YouTube.

Synopsis

Director Pablo Larraín’s previous films examined life in Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship, and here he takes aim at another oppressive force: the Catholic Church. The Club has four members, all priests, who live together in a Church-sponsored home to “purge” themselves of their sins, which include child molestation and kidnapping. With a retired nun to look after them, the men seem willing to live out their days in contrite seclusion. But their penitence is interrupted with the arrival of a crisis counselor, Father Garcia. The Club took home the Jury Grand Prix at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected to represent Chile for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Oscars, but did not receive a nomination.

Danette Chavez

Film Details
The Club
Director Pablo Larrain
Country Chile
Genre Drama
Writer Daniel Villalobos Pablo Larraín Guillermo Calderón
Producer Pablo Larraín Juan de Dios Larraín
Production Year 2015
Running Time 98 minutes
7

El verano de los peces voladores

Director Marcela Said
Country Chile
Production Year 2013

Available on Amazon and FilmStruck.

Synopsis

Director Marcela Said sticks to her documentary-making roots in a film that’s more show than tell. The Summer of Flying Fish examines the real-life conflict between Euro-Chilean landowners who greedily protect their “real estate,” and the indigenous Mapuche tribe who look at themselves as belonging to the land. Said populates her world with non-actors who have a real stake in the events that unfold, and she relies on outspoken characters and their age-old hostilities in place of exposition. The end result is a very intimate film that’s just as heartbreaking as it is political.

Danette Chavez

Film Details
The Summer of Flying Fish
Director Marcela Said
Country Chile
Genre Drama
Writer Julio Rojas Marcela Said
Producer Tom Dercourt Bruno Bettati
Production Year 2013
Running Time 95 minutes
8

Naomi Campbel

Country Chile
Production Year 2013

Available to stream on Amazon.

Synopsis

Taking docufiction hybrid to a radical extreme, Naomi Campbel follows the fictional character of Yermén, who is in fact a very real individual named Paula Dinamarca. Yermén/Paula is a trangender 30-something who works as an over the phone fortune teller and dreams of undergoing an operation to complete her transformation into a woman. In what appears to be a fictional narrative, Yermén enters a television competition in hopes her dream may be realized, and along the way meets an Afro-Descended immigrant who dreams of operating on her nose to look more like Naomi Campbell. The highly aesthetic, cinematic images following Yerméns journey are punctuated by grainy video taken by Paula that documents her day-to-day existence as a transgender woman in one of the poorest communities of Santiago. A meditation on the fluidity of identities, breaking down boundaries both in form and subject.

Andrew S. Vargas

Film Details

Director Nicolás Videla Camila José Donoso
Country Chile
Writer Camila José Donoso Nicolás Videla
Producer Catalina Donoso Rocío Romero
Production Year 2013
Running Time 85 minutes
9

Rara

Country Chile, Argentina
Production Year 2016

Available to stream on HBO Go.

Synopsis

Sarah is a child of divorce. She shuttles between her father (now living with his new wife) and her mother (living with her lesbian partner). While her father asks her whether she’s been picked on given her mother’s “sexual choice,” she gets warned at school that she may turn out to be gay given that some of her schoolmates believe it to be hereditary. Amidst custody squabbles and coming-of-age revelations, Rara marks a strong debut by Pepa San Martín.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Pepa San Martín
Country Chile Argentina
Genre Drama
Writer Pepa San Martín Alicia Scherson
Producer Macarena Lopez Federico Sande Novo Nicolás Grosso
Production Year 2016
Running Time 88 minutes
10

Machuca

Director Andrés Wood
Country Chile
Production Year 2004

Available to stream on Fandor and Realeyz.

Synopsis

Like a fairy tale (not the Disney sticky sweet kind but like the Brothers Grimm) where a path of magical things unfolds for its characters but also unfailing leads toward a really wacked out, disturbing ending Machuca’s story unfolds in Allende-era Chile. If you have even the slightest grasp of Latin American history, you know what happens next is not good. But for now, the promise of Allende’s inclusive, socialist government has made the impossible possible: a friendship between two young boys from vastly different circumstances happens because Pedro Machuca, the kid from the wrong side of the tracks, has won a scholarship to upper middle-class Gonzalo’s private school. Harassed in the private school by day Machuca  and Gonzalo bond. Machuca shows sheltered Gonzalo what life’s like on the other side of the tracks in Santiago. Machuca also shares his friendship with tough girl Silvana and the three make a tight circle doing things any kids their age would do and forming tight bonds across class and race lines. But as we sadly know the coup to come and Pinochet will not let this everyday magic last much longer…

Maria-Christina Villaseñor

Film Details

Director Andrés Wood
Country Chile
Production Year 2004
11

La visita

Country Chile, Argentina
Production Year 2014

Available to stream on YouTube, Google Play and Amazon.

Synopsis

Upon learning of her father’s death, Elena travels back to her home to attend his funeral. His mother attempts to maintain a sense of normality in the household after her husband’s death, but the return of her former son, who now goes by Elena (played by trans actress Daniela Vega), causes an increasingly tense atmosphere that threatens to explode at any minute.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
The Guest
Director Mauricio López Fernández
Country Chile Argentina
Genre Drama
Writer Mauricio López Fernández
Producer Federico Sande Nicolás Grosso
Production Year 2014
Running Time 82 minutes
12

Aquí no ha pasado nada

Country Chile
Production Year 2015

Available to stream on Netflix.

Synopsis

Reminding us that “affluenza” is not an entirely American concept, Fernández’s film is a fictionalized version of a true story that rocked Chilean headlines in 2014 when Martín Larraín the son of an ex-senator ran over a man and went scot-free while two other people in the vehicle were prosecuted. In Much Ado About Nothing, the film focuses on Vicente (Agustín Silva), a friend of the “Larraín” character in the film whose indifference to the incident paint a scathing picture of the privileged youth in Chile.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Much Ado About Nothing
Director Alejandro Fernández Almendras
Country Chile
Genre Drama
Producer Pedro Fontaine Augusto Matte
Production Year 2015
Running Time 94 minutes
13

No

Director Pablo Larrain
Country Chile
Production Year 2012
Gael Garcia Bernal No
Gael Garcia Bernal in 'NO'

Available to stream on Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube.

Synopsis

Gael García Bernal plays René, an in-demand advertising man working in Chile in the late 1980s. At first refusing to be involved he ends up spearheading the “No” campaign in the 1988 plebiscite that let the Chilean people decide whether or not dictator Augusto Pinochet should stay in power for another eight years. Rather than treating this as a political assignment, René ends up looking to advertising and marketing, realizing he just needs to sell “No” as the more attractive alternative even as others see his light touch as flippant in light of how historic the vote would be to the country at large.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Pablo Larrain
Country Chile
Genre Drama
Writer Pablo Larraín
Producer Daniel Marc Dreifuss Fuentealba Rodrigo Pablo Larraín Juan de Dios Larraín
Production Year 2012
Running Time 118 minutes
14

Los niños

Director Maite Alberdi
Country Chile
Production Year 2016

Available to stream on PBS Video.

Synopsis

“The most important thing is that you guys are responsible for your own lives.” The line comes early in Maite Alberdi’s documentary Los niños (The Grown-Ups). It is directed at a group of students at a Chilean school for people with Down Syndrome. But Ana, Ricardo, Andrés, and Rita aren’t children. Now in their forties, they all still attend the school though now they work in the kitchen as part of the catering department. They spend their days baking treats and sweets. They also attend a class for “Conscious Adults” where they’re learning what it will take for them to live fully independent lives. Alberdi’s documentary follows the day-to-day routine at the school where her subjects grapple with what it might mean to have greater autonomy over their lives.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
The Grown Ups
Director Maite Alberdi
Country Chile
Genre Documentary
Writer Maite Alberdi
Producer Maite Alberdi
Production Year 2016
Running Time 88 minutes
15

Violeta se fue a los cielos

Director Andrés Wood
Country Chile
Production Year 2011

Available to stream on Vudu and TubiTV (for free!), as well as on Amazon and YouTube.

Synopsis

Violeta se fue a los cielos is a fractal and non-linear biopic on Chilean singer-songwriter Violeta Parra (played by Francisca Acuña). Jumping from from her childhood in Ñuble to her stay in Communist Poland, tracking her trips to salvage old Chilean folk songs as well as her exhibits at the Louvre, this is an expansive look at one of Chile’s most fascinating artists of the twentieth century.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Violeta Went to Heaven
Director Andrés Wood
Country Chile
Genre Biography Music Drama
Writer Eliseo Altunaga Rodrigo Bazaes Andrés Wood Guillermo Calderón
Production Year 2011
Running Time 110 minutes
16

Nostalgia de la luz

Country Chile
Production Year 2010

Available to stream on Fandor, Amazon, and iTunes.

Synopsis

Patricio Guzmán‘s Nostalgia for the Light looks back at the country’s storied post-Pinochet history. The documentary is about two different searches conducted in the Chilean Atacama Desert: one by astronomers looking for answers about the history of the cosmos, and one by women looking for the remains of loved ones killed by Pinochet’s regime.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Nostalgia For The Light
Director Patricio Guzmán
Country Chile
Genre Documentary
Writer Patricio Guzmán
Producer Renate Sachse
Production Year 2010
Running Time 90 minutes
17

La batalla de Chile

Production Year 1975

Available to stream on Amazon.

Synopsis

The Battle of Chile is a documentary film directed by the Chilean Patricio Guzman, in three parts: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (1975), The Coup d’état (1976), Popular Power (1979). It is a chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. A monumental documentary achievement it is history recorded and understood with the power of the camera.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
The Battle of Chile
Director Patricio Guzmán
Country Venezuela Cuba Chile France
Genre Documentary
Writer Jose Bartolome Pedro Chaskel Federico Elton Patricio Guzmán Julio García Espinosa
Producer Chris Marker
Production Year 1975
Running Time 229 minutes
18

De Jueves a Domingo

Country Chile
Production Year 2012

Available to stream on Fandor.

Synopsis

A family road trip frames Dominga Sotomayor’s De Jueves a Domingo (Thursday Til Sunday). But the journey to the beach Ana and Fernando had promised their two kids, Lucía and Manuel, slowly becomes a long goodbye. For these parents had already decided to break up but couldn’t deny their children their long-awaited beach trip. In between the claustrophobic feel of the car and the long, lonely roads they travel through, this is a portrait of a family slowly breaking down and apart.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details
Thursday Til Sunday
Director Dominga Sotomayor
Country Chile
Genre Drama
Writer Dominga Sotomayor
Producer Gregorio González Benjamin Domenech
Production Year 2012
Running Time 96 minutes
19

La noche de enfrente

Director Raúl Ruiz
Country Chile
Production Year 2012

Available to stream on Fandor.

Synopsis

On the verge of a forced retirement, Don Celso, an elderly office worker, begins to relive both real and imagined memories from his life: a trip to the movies as a young boy with Ludwig van Beethoven, listening to tall tales from Long John Silver, a brief stay in a haunted hotel, conversations with a fictional doppelgänger of a real writer, Jean Giono. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama. In this playfully elegiac film, loosely adapted from the fantastical short stories of Chilean writer Hernán del Solar, Raúl Ruiz crafted a final masterwork on his favorite subjects: fiction, history and life itself.


Film Details
Night Across the Street
Director Raúl Ruiz
Country Chile
Genre Drama
Writer Raúl Ruiz
Producer Christian Aspee François Margolin
Production Year 2012
Running Time 110 minutes
20

Gloria

Country Chile, Spain
Production Year 2013
Gloria_Paulina Garcia
Paulina Garcia in 'Gloria'
Synopsis

A character study that earned its leading lady, Chilean actress Paulina García the Best Actress award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Gloria is Sebastián Lelio at his humanist best. The film is set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman who is embracing her life as a single woman. Leaving her decade-old divorce behind her, she ends up going to singles nights where she meets Rodolfo. The two begin a whirlwind affair complicated by Rodolfo’s close relationship with his grown-up daughters: where she’s untethered, he’s strapped down. But ultimately, Lelio’s dizzying and dazzling film is about what it means to find yourself by yourself, no matter your age.

Manuel Betancourt

Film Details

Director Sebastían Lelio
Country Chile Spain
Genre Romance Comedy Drama
Writer Gonzalo Maza Sebastián Lelio
Producer Luis Collar Gonzalo Maza Pablo Larraín Juan de Dios Larraín
Production Year 2013
Running Time 110 minutes
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