With the UK cinema release of Sebastian Lelio’s critically acclaimed “Gloria” coming up later this year, preparations are in place and excitement is continuing to build. The wonderfully uplifting drama has already broken records in Chile, becoming the first non-comedy Chilean film in two years to make top 5 most-seen films for an entire month.
Gloria was released in Chile on 9 May, and managed to shift well over 100,000 tickets during the month of May, ensuring it stayed among the top 10 every week since then. It’s also remained on over 10 screens after one month of release, something unprecedented for a local film. This, combined with the reaction from the world’s media, has really set Gloria up for its UK cinema release.
The fourth film from director Sebastian Lelio stars Paulina Garcia as a middle-aged Chilean divorcee looking for company and romance at a series of singles nights, and was an absolute sensation at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. It was Paulina Garcia who stole the show, picking up the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Since then, The Telegraph awarded Gloria four stars, calling the film “a splendid comedy-drama”.
Synopsis: Gloria is a 58 year old divorcée. Her children have all left home but she has no desire to spend her days and nights alone. Determined to defy old age and loneliness, she rushes headlong into a whirl of singles’ parties on the hunt for instant gratification – which just leads repeatedly to disappointment and emptiness. But then she meets Rodolfo, an ex-naval officer seven years her senior to whom she feels romantically inclined. She even begins to imagine a permanent relationship. However, the encounter presents unexpected challenges and Gloria gradually finds herself being forced to confront her own dark secrets.
Sebastián Lelio’s (pictured left) feature film is a portrait of a powerful woman who manages to assert her own strength and independence in spite of a maelstrom of conflicting feelings. The story unfolds against the backdrop of current political developments in Chile, incorporating the murky waters of forty years of Chilean history.
Gloria is the fifth Chilean addition to the Network Releasing film library, which includes the Oscar™ nominated NO. It was produced by the latter’s director, Pablo Larrain and will be in UK cinemas late 2013.