Machuca 2004
In 1973, the Chilean military, under the direction of General Augusto Pinochet and backed by the CIA, overthrew the shaky socialist government of democratically elected President Salvador Allende. The coup led to the murder of 3,000 leftist Allende supporters and the detention of an estimated 250,000 political prisoners.
Augusto Pinochet's CIA-backed coup against the Marxist Allende may be one of the United States's most embarrassing blunders on the world political stage. In supplanting Allende, the United States may have protected its economic interests in Chile but it also helped to usher in one of the darkest periods in Chilean history...

Set against the background of the political instability that led to the crisis, Andres Woods' Machuca is the moving story of the friendship between two boys from different sides of the social spectrum.

Chile, 1973. Salvador Allende has been in power for less than three years but his eagerness to reform Chilean society has hit the buffers with galloping inflation and a food shortage. The fascist gangrene is taking hold of large swathes of the Chilean middle-class while in Washington, Kissinger and Nixon are plotting Allende's downfall. The Infante family, like many Chilean families, are split down the middle - Patricio, the father (Francisco Reyes) is a supporter of Allende whereas his wife, Maria (Aline Kuppenheim) is worried about the effects of socialism on her life. The young Gonzalo (Matias Quer) finds the politics of it all too complex to keep up with. Changes are afoot at his school too as the director, Father McEnroe (Ernesto Malbran), has started to change the school's exclusive and private status by accepting a clutch of students from the local shanty town. The introverted Gonzalo strikes up an enduring friendship with one of the incomers, Pedro (Ariel Mateluna), much to the dislike of his other schoolmates...

Director: Andres Wood
Cast: Matias Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Kuppenheim
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Genre: Biography, Drama

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:00:50 | 7.21 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Espanol
Subtitles: English, Espanol, Francais

• Behind The scenes
• Photo Gallery
• Screen Test of the kids
• TV Spots
• Director's Commentary
• Trailers

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:56:00 | 6.68 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Espanol
Subtitles: English, Francais

• Trailer
• Making of
• Director's interview

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