Bad Influence

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Chile | 2016 | 89 minutes | Claudia Huaiquimilla

Chilean director Claudia Huaiquimilla’s award-winning debut feature explores the unlikely, transformative friendship between two teens: a troubled petty criminal from Santiago and a shy outsider from the indigenous Mapuche community.

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Arrested after a violent gas-station robbery, troubled Santiago youth Tano (Andrew Bargsted) is remanded to the custody of his father Javier (Francisco Perez-Bannen), an auto mechanic living in the small mountain community of Wallmapu. Soon the wayward teen befriends shy, awkward Cheo (Eliseo Fernandez), whose indigenous Mapuche community fights against the displacement and destruction wrought by a massive local pulp mill. The connection between the two boys quickly deepens against the pressures of schoolyard cruelty and the troubled home lives of each, forcing a reckoning in either boy with himself and the world around him in this extraordinary debut feature from writer and director Claudia Huaiquimilla. Following her multiple-award-winning short "San Juan, the Longest Night," Huaiquimilla, along with co-writer Pablo Greene, brilliantly weaves together themes both grand and intimate—a rich human tapestry played against an urgent social and environmental crisis. Rooted in strong performances and assured direction, Bad Influence is a heartfelt call to arms touching both heart and conscience.

Director Biography 

Claudia Huaiquimilla (28) is a Chilean young woman of Mapuche origin. She studied Audiovisual Direction at the Catholic University of Chile. Traumas lived in her childhood and the rescue of her indigenous roots are some of the topics she's looking to treat and deepen in her audiovisual work, leading the script and direction of her first shortfilm Saint John, the longuest night, Special Jury Mention at the 35º Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival and member of the official selection at 53º Festival Internacional de Cine Cartagena de Indias, 40º Festival Internacional de Cine de Huesca y el 24º Los Angeles Film Festival. Her interest in rescuing her indigenous culture determine the line to follow in her new project, Bad Influence, her first feature film, that treats the Mapuche historical conflict, and won the Work In Progress of 30° Guadalajara International Film Festival and 27° Vina del Mar International Film Festival.

Sponsored by Embassy of Chile in the United States of America, Dirección de Asuntos Culturales (DIRAC) - Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Chile

  • Original Language Title: Mala Junta
  • Director: Claudia Huaiquimilla
  • Principal Cast: Andrew Bargsted, Francisco Perew-Bannen, Eliseo Fernandez,Veronica Medel, Alex Quevedo, Rosa Ramirez
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Chile
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Pablo Greene, Rebeca Gutierrez, Eduardo Villalobos Pino
  • Screenplay: Claudia Huaiquimilla, Pablo Greene
  • Cinematographers: Matias Illanes
  • Editors: Valeria Hernandez
  • Music: Miranda Y Tobar
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Valdivia Film Festival 2016 (Grand Prize), Toulouse Film Festival 2016 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Spanish, Mapudungun
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Alpha Violet