Beyond My Grandfather Allende

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Chile | 2015 | 100 minutes | Marcia Tambutti Allende

Over 40 years after Chilean President Salvador Allende was deposed in a military coup that led to his suicide, his granddaughter embarks on a surprising and heartfelt journey to uncover the sometimes-painful memories that reveal the man behind the leader.

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Using personal interviews and never-before-seen archival footage to good effect, Marcia Tambutti Allende's film goes beyond family historiography to become a work of uncommon depth and relevance. The granddaughter of one of Latin America's most revered and tragic political figures, former Chilean president Salvador Allende, Tambutti Allende grew up knowing precious little of her "Chicho"; the deep emotional wounds felt not only by his widow Hortensia, but their surviving children, often made personal information hard to come by. Armed with a keen insight, a natural curiosity, and an abiding love of family, Tambutti gently opens the Allende family memory bank to offer a priceless glimpse into the personal life of the legendary leader. Winner of the new L'Oeil d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival, first-time director Marcia Tambutti Allende's touching, heartfelt documentary is more than just a look at the grandfather she hardly knew; this moving, often surprising film is also an honest look at the intergenerational nature of mourning, the importance of courage, and the strength of family bonds.

Director Biography
Marcia Tambutti is the granddaughter of Salvador Allende. She collaborates with the Salvador Allende Foundation and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity in Chile. Beyond My Grandfather Allende is her first feature documentary.

Sponsored by Cornish College of the Arts

  • Original Language Title: Allende mi abuelo Allende
  • Director: Marcia Tambutti Allende
  • Principal Cast: Salvador Allende, Mercedes Hortensia, Bussi Soto de Allende
  • Country: Chile, Mexico
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Paola Castillo Villagrán
  • Screenplay: Paola Castillo, Bruni Burres, Valeria Vargas, Marcia Tambutti Allende
  • Cinematographers: David Bravo, Eduardo Cruz-Coke
  • Editors: Coti Donoso, Titi Viera Gallo
  • Music: Leonardo Heimblum, Jacobo Lieberman
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2015 (Best Documentary)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Icarus Films
  • International Sales: Doc & Film International