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52nd edition


Fortnight 2004, Feature film, 2h00


Chile 1973. Two children, aged 11: the timid Gonzalo Infante comes from a well-to-do family living in the fashionable quarters; Pedro Machuca, a peasant’s son, gets by in a shantytown. These two children, who have nothing in common, will meet at school thanks to an idealistic initiative by Father MacEnroe. His aim is to integrated children from underprivileged sections of the population into the posh Catholic school he is principal of in Santiago. He wants to teach respect and tolerance when the political and social climate is degenerating in the country.


Andres Wood

He was born in Santiago. He studied economy in Chili. He graduated in cinema at the New York University. In 1992, he directed his first short film, Idilio, and another one in 1994, Reunion de Familia. His first feature film, Historias de Futbol, released in Chili in 1997. La fiebre del loco is his second feaure film, made in 2000 and shown in Venice in 2001.

Ariel Mateluna
Manuela Martelli
Matias Quer

Roberto Brodsky, Mamoun Hassan, Andrés Wood

Miguel J. Littin

Marcos Maldasky, Miguel Hormazábal

Fernando Parod

Miguel Angel Miranda, José Miguel Tobar

Set decoration
Rodrigo Bazaes

Production : Paraiso Production 3, rue Houdart 75020 Paris France tél : +33 (0)1 43 15 91 91 fax : +33 (0)1 43 15 91 00 co-Production : Andres Wood Producciones (Chili) Tornasol Films (Espagne) Hamoun Hassan (Royaume-Uni) ventes à l’étranger : Latido/latin beat Calle Veneras 9-6° Madrid 28013 Espagne tél : +34 91 548 8877 mob : +33 (0)6 20 82 73 05