The documentary film El otro día / The Other Day (picture) by Ignacio Agüero was the big winner at the 17th annual edition of FIDOCS, Santiago's International Documentary Film Festival, winning the prize for Best Chilean film. In The Other Day, filmmaker Agüero begins filming the objects around his home and the people who drop by, and finds himself drawn into the layers of Chilean history and the complexities of documentary filmmaking.
The jury comprised by Marcelo Panozzo, director of BAFICI Film Festival, director Teresa Arrendondo and journalist Daniel Villalobos also gave a Special Jury Mention to José Luis Torres Leiva's ¿Qué historia es esta y cuál es su final? / What Is This Story and How Does It End? which also features Agüero as one of its main protagonists.
The winner of Best Film in the Latin American competition was the Argentine film La multitud / Crowd (pictured), the debut feature film by Martín M. Oesterheld. The film is a portrait of two entertainment places in the outskirts of Buenos Aires that were built under different local military regimes, and that are now on decay. The Latin American competition jury was composed by Mar del Plata Film Fest programmer Cecilia Barrionuevo, Mexican director Juan Carlos Rulfo and Chilean director Pablo Larraín.
The Cuban documentary film Mejunje (a co-production with Chile and Spain) by Juan Carlos Gamazo won the Audience Award in the Latin American competition, while Cristian Soto and Catalina Vergara's La última estación / The Last Station was the winner of the Audience Award in the Chilean competition.
Founded by Chilean documentary master Patricio Guzmán, the 17th edition of FIDOCS took place in Chile June 24-29.