Violeta Went to Heaven

Violeta se fue a los cielos (Spanish title)

Directed by Andres Wood (2011)

Spanish w/ English Subtitles 

Wood Films (110 min)



Like a Chilean Edith Piaf or Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra was a folksinger and pop culture icon whose songs, like “Gracias a la Vida,” expressed the soul of her nation and protested social injustice. Violeta Went to Heaven tells Parra’s extraordinary story, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation to Chile’s national hero, while capturing the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibilities, and passions. Director Andrés Wood, whose films are distinguished for crystallizing Chile’s zeitgeist, wisely moves beyond linear biography, drawing on an impressionistic structure and a reverberating performance by actress Francisca Gavilán, to unearth the elusive, charged core of this magnetic character. Wood evocatively interweaves key set pieces from Parra’s life—her humble family roots, her Paris foray as a celebrated visual artist, her travels through Chile to preserve disappearing traditional culture, her tenuous hold on motherhood, and her tumultuous love life. And then there’s the music. Violeta’s heart-wrenching, indelible songs permeate this film, and they will penetrate the viewer’s soul. ​ (Source: Sundance Film Festival)​

Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize 2012
Audience Award at Toulouse Film Festival 2012
Grand Jury Discretionary Prize at Miami International Film Festival 2012
Best Feature Film, Best Female Leading Role, Best art Direction, Best Costume Design at Pedro Sienna Awards, Chile 2011


Cine Chile 2012 - Festival of Contemporary Chilean Cinema in Vancouver 

Cine Chile Alberta Series - Festival of Contemporary Chilean Cinema in Edmonton and Calgary - January 2013