The song “Gracias a la vida” made Violeta Parra immortal. It was covered by Mercedes Sosa and Joan Baez and is seen as an important example of the Nueva Canción Chilena movement, which combined Chilean folk music with social criticism in the 1950s. Parra went from village to village, writing down the songs of the working people and composing her own. She became a painter, sculptor and potter, with exhibitions in the Louvre in Paris. The film is a biopic of the Chilean heroine of folk poetry that picks out key scenes from her life.
ANDRÉS WOOD (*1965) studied economics in Chile and film production in New York. His films are box-office hits in Chile and highly praised at international film festivals. His film Machuca was shown at FILMFEST HAMBURG 2004.
Violeta se fue a los cielos
Chile, Argentina, Brazil
Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderón, Andrés Wood based on the novel by Angel Parra
Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Patricio Ossa, Jorge López, Stephania Barbagelata
Miguel Ioan Littin
Arsenal Filmverleih GmbH
Wood Producciones; Maiz Producciones; Bossa Nova Films