Viva Chile Mierda



  • Category

Regular Deadline – $20.80

  • Submission Status

In Consideration

  • Judging Status


  • ¡Viva Chile Mierda!

Chile, 1974. Under the cloak of darkness Pinochet’s military intelligence service raid the home of the filmmaker’s aunt Gaby. She, together with her husband and brother, were blindfolded and taken to a secret military prison to be interrogated.. Were it not for the help given to them by one young prison guard, they would not have coped. That guard was Andres ‘Papudo’ Valenzuela, who several years later would be the first military intelligence officer to admit to the crimes committed by the dictatorship. Through intimate interviews, illustrations, animations and first person voice over, this film traces the lives of both prisoners and guard in order to reflect on the enduring effects of this traumatic history. 

  • Directors

Adrian Goycoolea Uncle Denis? The Geographical Centre of North America, Quentin. 

  • Producers

Adrian Goycoolea 

  • Runtime:

1 hour 27 minutes 36 seconds

  • Completion Date:

December 10, 2013

  • Production Budget:

2,500 USD

  • Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

  • Country of Filming:


  • Shooting Format:

HD Video

  • Film Color:


  • New Filmmakers Series

Anthology Film Archives, NYC
December 10, 2013
North American Premiere

  • FIDOCS: Festival International Documentales Santiago Chile

Santiago, Chile
June 23, 2014
South American Premiere

Director: Adrian Goycoolea

Adrian Goycoolea was born in Brazil to Chilean and British parents, and has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, New York City and the Midwest. Perhaps because of this diverse background, his films often address issues of location and identity, exploring the intersections of personal memory with social and political histories.

His work ranges from short, experimental, single channel pieces to multi-channel art installations, and he has most recently extended his range to short and feature-length fiction films and screenplays as well as documentaries. Adrian has worked as a programmer and publicist at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and his experimental films and installations have been screened widely.

Over the years, his work has been shown at film festivals such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Moscow International Film Festival, The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and at art galleries including The Artists’ Space (NYC), Taller Boriqua (NYC), La Panaderia (Mexico City), and in locations as disparate as Anthology Film Archives and MTV.

Currently, Adrian is a Lecturer at the University of Sussex in England where he teaches courses in Filmmaking (Documentary, Fiction, and Intermedia).

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