The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021


Chile | 2019 | 96 min
Spanish | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Niles Atallah
Director: Joanna Reposi Garibaldi
Categories :
FIFA Competition


This film is available online HERE

Quebec Premiere

“The poor don’t have closets, they have wardrobes. And I was always outside mine.” This is how Pedro Lemebel—writer, artist and pioneer of the queer movement in Latin America—approached not only his homosexuality, but also his social position. In the late 1980s, Lemebel’s work disrupted Chile’s conservative social codes under dictator Augusto Pinochet. An artist and dissenter with a razor-sharp critical mind, Lemebel spoke out and spoke up until the very end of his life when laryngeal cancer took his voice. Filmmaker Joanna Reposi spent time with Lemebel during his final years. Her recordings, interviews and archival research come together in this homage to his life and artistic career. A remarkable film, beautifully preserving the spirit of its subject, it won a Teddy award for the best international documentary at the 2019 Berlinale.

Berlinale, Berlin International Film Festival, Germany (2019) - Teddy Award for Best Documentary
SANFIC, Santiago International Film Festival, Chile (2019) - Best Chilean Documentary
Panoramica, Stockholm Latin American Film Festival, Sweden (2019) - Audience Award
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece (2019)
Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK (2019)
IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands (2019)


Joanna Reposi Garibaldi

Joanna Reposi Garibaldi (1971). Chilean screenwriter, director and visual artist. Master of Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2003 she did her first feature film "Locos del alma". Her second documentary "Lemebel" was winner of the Docs in Progress of Visions du Réel, Switzerland (2018) and got the Teddy Award to Best Documentary/Essay Film during Berlinale (2019). She is currently developing her next film.

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