Programmed by L'équipe éditoriale de Tënk
After the coup d’État of the Democratic government of Allende, the embassy of Italy in Santiago played a major role in helping the opposers of the regime, and extradited many of them to Italy.
With his back to the camera and his hands in his pockets, Nanni Moretti looks down over Chile’s capital. While this opening image puts the film entirely in line with this work of this director – who doesn’t hesitate to stage himself – it’s also one of only two sequences in which we see him on screen. The second sequence is when, faced with a former military officer who claims, among other things, that “In the army, officers and NCOs are professionals who have obeyed orders”, Moretti lays claim to his impartiality. These images state Moretti’s position as much as his approach, refusing to believe in pseudo-objectivity, and wanting to bring us, in turn, to observe this era of Chile’s history. For the rest, “Santiago, Italia” lays out its message methodically. Alternating interviews and footage, the film recounts Salvador Allende’s death, Pinochet’s coup, the torture, assassinations and imprisonments that followed and how the Italian embassy enabled people to flee. A testimony both formally classic and effective.
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