More than 40 years have passed since a military coup in Chile deposed the democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende. The death of Allende and the years of military dictatorship that followed have left deep scars in both the country and in Allende's immediate family. In BEYOND MY GRANDFATHER ALLENDE (ALLENDE MI ABUELO ALLENDE), his granddaughter Marcia Tambutti Allende goes in search of Salvador Allende the man.
She attempts to reconstruct the past through informal interviews with her family, quickly discovering that they don't talk about "Chico," as he was affectionately known. Memories of him have been buried deep and seem too painful to drag up. Nevertheless, the filmmaker's aged grandmother slowly but surely becomes accustomed to her compassionate but sharp interviewing style and starts to talk more about Allende, her marriage and her role as the president's wife. Other members of the family, many of whom never knew Allende personally, also start to talk.
Marcia goes in search of family photos and videos, and as a result we get to know the kind of man her grandfather was. The film also provides a thorough impression of the complex political situation of the Allende family over the past 40 years.
"Serves as a unique opportunity for contemporary Chileans—and outsiders, too—to rediscover the deposed leader" —Variety
2016 Cine Latino Minneapolis Saint Paul Film Festival
2016 Cine Las Americas Film Festival
Winner, Golden Eye Documentary Prize, 2015 Cannes Film Festival
2015 Cannes Film Festival, Director's Fortnight
2015 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
2015 Busan International Film Festival Korea
2015 Morelia International Film Festival
2015 London Human Rights Film Festival
2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival
2016 Annapolis International Film Festival
2016 San Francisco International Film Festival
2016 Miami International Film Festival
2016 San Diego Latino Film Festival
2016 Havana Film Festival New York
"The key player is her grandmother, Hortensia ("Tencha")... Frail but lucid and still very elegant, [she] acknowledges her love for her late husband, her suffering at his affairs with other women and her unconditional support for his political ambitions, which involved economic sacrifices to finance his election campaigns. The filming brings up other painful memories, like the tragedy of her daughter Tati's suicide in exile in Cuba during the years of the dictatorship. One can understand how difficult it is to open old wounds, but most viewers will agree the director is right to insist on coaxing out the family truth, before it is too late to put the tale together." —The Hollywood Reporter
"In this treasure hunt, Marcia Tambutti Allende creates a valuable historical testimony, but especially a sensitive and discreet family portrait. A fascinating and intimate documentary." —Trois Couleurs
"After decades of silence, Marcia draws an honest portrait without grandiloquence, taking into account the complexity, irreparable losses and the role of memory in three generations of an injured family." —France Inter