FERNANDO’s CORNER: Posted on January 18th, 2015
Recently, I went to see to the Santiago (de Chile) International Film Festival, the wonderful, endearing and poignant documentary titled “LA ONCE” ( “TEA TIME” ) directed by the very talented Chilean réalisateur Maite Alberdi.
The film focuses on a group of ex-classmates who studied together at a nun’s school and graduated around 1948-1951. Since their graduation, they have gathered once a month for tea time for 60 years ( !! ) sharing a whole life. The film started production in 2008 and the actual filming began in 2009 and it ended in 2012-13, when one of the pivotal characters died (the director’s grandmother).
Alberdi who is a renowned Chilean documentarist introduced the film telling the audience she was always intrigued by her grandmother’s commitment to this monthly rite…so big that her grandmother did not attend the premiere of the first film she made in her career in order to do not miss her monthly gathering with her lifetime pals.
Beautiful, touching and honest, I was so enthralled by the film I did not realize how time passed by; suddenly it ended, seeming to me as if I had watched a short subject instead of a full-length feature. I absolutely recommend this film, especially to those people who have a connection with their elders, like me.
As a sidenote, I have worked closely with one of the ladies’s daughters for 21 years, which makes the film even more of a special experience for me.
The documentary won the 1st prize from the jury of the Santiago (de Chile) International Film Festival (SANFIC) as best picture and its director, Maite Alberdi, was named best director. Recently, Alberdi won the prize as best female director at the International Documentary Film Festival that took place in Amsterdam.
CineMaven’s Note: Click here to read a little about this film:
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