Under Construction (or The Place I Was Born No Longer Exists) / Aquí se construye (o Ya no existe el lugar donde nací)

  • Chile
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ENGLISH SYNOPSIS: In the Providencia barrio of Santiago, Chile, a neighbor lives through the demolition of the house next door and the construction of a building in the same place, over a two- year period. Under Construction is about the passing of time and the transformation of a space where minor and major events occur: a death and a birth; neighborhoods disappearing; buildings being demolished and built; winters and springs passing. In the end, when the building is finished, the protagonist looks up at his new neighbors, while they look down at him from their balcony: evidence of a space (and a past) that they now control.

SINOPSIS EN CASTELLANO: Un vecino sufre la demolición de las casas vecinas y la construcción de un edificio durante dos años. El sol deja de iluminar la casa y su madre enferma muere. Llega la primavera y con ella su primer nieto. Una película sobre el paso del tiempo en el que dos culturas, separadas por un muro, parecen en guerra. Al final, el nuevo habitante del edificio lo mira hacia abajo desde su balcón. Es la mirada de los vencedores.


  • Original Title
    Aquí se construye (o Ya no existe el lugar donde nací)
  • Direction
  • Runtime
    77 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Chile
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • 7° Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia
    • 4o FIDOCS, Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago 2000
    • 15° BAFICI 2013
    • FICUNAM 2017
  • Awards
    • Gran Premio Competencia Nacional, Festival de Documentales de Santiago, Chile, 2000
    • Mejor Documental, temática urbana, Festival Docupolis, Barcelona, España, 2001
    • Premio concurso latinoamericano de pos-producción OCIC, 1999

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