The Club

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Pablo Larraín

Country: Chile
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: El Club

Running Time: 97min
Production Year: 2015
Category: FILM

Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s follow-up to his global success (and Oscar-nominated) No, starring Gael García Bernal, is a tough, scathing and psychologically sobering indictment on the Catholic Church’s handling of moral failings within the institution.

In a dull, nondescript oceanside house in a town far removed from the national consciousness, four Catholic priests and a former nun live in exile and relative solitude. The “club,” one of many dotted throughout Chile, is the Archdiocese’s internal version of justice: total banishment for those who have made sexual or other abusive transgressions. When a new arrival creates a shocking incident that threatens the anonymity of the Church’s solution, a highly-placed administrative official from the Archdiocese comes to audit the club, and harshly questions the general lack of atonement he sees. Yet when outside forces start to muster threats of violence, the Church responds in the only way it seems to know how. – Jaie Laplante

 

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credits

Director: Pablo Larraín
Producer: Juan de Dios Larraín
Screenwriter: Guillermo Calderón, Daniel Villalobos, Pablo Larraín

Cinematographer: Sergio Armstrong
Editor: Sebastián Sepúlveda

Cast: Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Jaime Vadell, Alejandro Goic, Alejandro Sieveking, Marcelo Alonso, José Soza

Pablo Larraín

Pablo Larraín is from Santiago, Chile. He has made six feature films to date and created the HBO series “Fugitivies (Prófugos)”, which had its North American premiere at Miami International Film Festival in 2012. His films Tony Manero (2008) and No (2012) also played the Festival. Larrain won the Silver Bear for Best Director at 2015 Berlin Film Festival for The Club, and has recently completed shooting his sixth feature, Neruda, based on the life of Chile’s most famous poet.

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