Chilean Actress Antonia Giesen Wins Special Jury Mention at Karlovy Vary


The Chilean actress Antonia Giesen was presented with a Special Jury Mention at the 54th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as a promising new talent for her role of Elena in Felipe Ríos’ debut feature film The Man of the Future / El hombre del futuro. In addition of being the only Latin American film in the official competition, The Man of the Future was also the first Chilean production to ever participate in the main competition at the Czech film festival.

The film follows Michelsen, an elderly truck driver, sets out on his last trip driving freight to the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia. The long and arduous drive through the magnificent, luxuriant natural landscape, past lakes and extensive glaciers, ultimately becomes a recapitulation of his life when he unexpectedly happens upon Elena, his adult daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since her childhood.