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Synopsis: VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN tells the story of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation and Chile’s national hero, while capturing the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibilities, and passions.

From the marquee that she built in Santiago, Chile, Violeta Parra is visited by people who shaped her life. We gradually find out her secrets, fears, frustrations and joys, not only through performances of her multiple works but also through her memories, her loves, and her hopes. Her achievements are suspended in a passionate journey with the characters who made her dream, laugh and cry.

“Write as you like, use the rhythms that come out, try different instruments, sit at the piano, destroy the metric, shout instead of singing, blow your guitar and ring the horn. Hate mathematics, and love eddies. Creation is a bird without a flight plan, that will never fly in a straight line” – Violeta Parra


Biography | Drama





Run Time

110 minutes




Francisca Gavilán (Violeta Parra)
Cristian Quevedo (Nicanor Parra)
Thomas Durand (Gilbert Favre)
Gabriela Aguilera (Hilda Parra)
Juan Quezada (Don Guillermo)
Marcial Tagle (Alcalde Fernando Castillo)
Roberto Farías (Luis Arce)

Directed by

Andres Wood

Written by

Eliseo Altunaga
Rodrigo Bazaes
Guillermo Caleron
Andres Wood

Produced by

Paula Cosenza
Alejandra Garcia
Denise Gomes
Patricio Pereira
Pablo Rovito
Fernando Sokolowicz


Sundance Film Festival - USA - 2012

Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema - Dramatic (Andrés Wood)

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