Violeta Went to Heaven

Violeta Went to Heaven

A scene from VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN, a film directed by Andres Wood. Picture courtesy Kino Lorber. All rights reserved.

Violeta Went to Heaven

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Violeta Went to Heaven (2011/2013)

Opened: 03/29/2013 Limited

Lincoln Plaza03/29/2013 - 04/11/201314 days
Quad Cinema/NYC03/29/2013 - 04/04/20137 days
Playhouse 704/19/2013 - 04/25/20137 days
Royal Theatre04/19/2013 - 04/25/20137 days
Music Box Thea...04/26/2013 - 05/09/201314 days

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Genre: Chilean Biography (Spanish w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


The extraordinary story of the iconic poet, musician and folksinger Violeta Parra, whose songs have become hymns for Chileans and Latin Americans alike. Director Andres Wood (Machuca) traces the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art.

About Violeta Parra

A legendary, multifaceted artist, Violeta Parra was treasurer and guardian of Chile's deepest traditions and a woman of intense contradictions and unique genius.

A singer, songwriter, author, poet, painter, and ethnomusicologist, Parra rescued a forgotten traditional culture, traveling throughout Chile to research Chilean traditional music, collecting songs and lyrics for an unprecedented project of recovery and revival that sparked a Latin American folk music movement, the nueva cancion.

Parra was born in 1917 to a large family in southern Chile, the daughter of a small town music teacher and a seamstress. Her father, Nicanor, instilled a love of music and poetry. When their father died, leaving the family in desperate poverty, the children, led by Violeta, began to perform songs in the local market. The Parras would slowly migrate to Santiago in pursuit of education, led and encouraged by eldest son Nicanor, Chile's "anti-poet."

In 1964 Parra's tapestries were exhibited at the Louvre, a first for a Latin American artist.

Fresh from her success in Europe, she returned to Chile and established an ambitious folk music center at La Reina, her "university of folklore"--a rustic tent that would hold workshops during the day and become a live music pena at night.

Misunderstood and underappreciated by the Chilean public and estranged from her long-time partner, Parra committed suicide at La Reina in 1967 at the age of 49.

Her poetic, ingenious, and socially committed compositions have been deeply influential in Latin American and around the world.

About the Director

Andres Wood was born in 1965 in Santiago, Chile. He studied economics at the Universidad Catolica de Chile, then moved to New York to study filmmaking at NYU. After returning to Chile, he directed his first feature, Historias de futbol (1997), followed by El desquite (1999, TV series) and Loco Fever (2001).

His 2004 film Machuca (Directors' Fortnight)--the story of an unusual friendship between two boys at an elite Santiago Catholic school on the cusp of the 1973 military coup--is an acclaimed milestone of post-dictatorship Chilean cinema.

His next feature, The Good Life (2008), received the Best Spanish Language Foreign Film Goya Award in 2009.

Violeta Went to Heaven (2011) was Chile's submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards.