Eating Up Easter returns to Chile on October 8 and 10.
About the Festival: With almost a quarter century in existence, the Valdivia International Film Festival has become the premiere meeting ground for Chilean cinema and one of the most important events of its kind in Latin America.
Founded in 1994, under the auspices of the Universidad Austral Cinema Club, it is characterized by being at the forefront of world cinema, year after year, allowing Chilean audiences and industry to participate in the inception of new voices and unique visions.
Currently, hand in hand with UACh and the Valdivia Cultural Center for Film Promotion (CPCV), FICValdivia programs over 200 movies, a large portion of them premieres in Chile and Latin America, congregating an entire city around cinema.
In a nutshell, FICValdivia is a cultural event, a social phenomenon and a meeting ground to experience the movies of tomorrow, which today’s artists are already making, a place to become immersed in the most representative pieces of the current Chilean panorama.
About Eating Up Easter: Native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu narrates to his son the modern dilemma of their people who risk losing everything to the globalizing effects of tourism.
The film follows four islanders, descendants of the ancient statue builders, who are working to tackle the consequences of their rapidly developing home. Mama Piru leads recycling efforts to reduce trash, Mahani and Enrique use music to reunite their divided community, and Sergio tries to understand the motivations of his father who embraces the advantages of building new businesses.
These stories intertwine to reveal the complexities of development and the contradictions within us all as we are faced with hard choices about our planet’s future.