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Marcela Said Cares (born in Santiago) is a Chilean filmmaker.

Marcela Said
Marcela Said at the Toronto Premiere of The Summer Of Flying Fish
Marcela Said at the Toronto Premiere of The Summer Of Flying Fish
BornMarch 1972
OccupationDocumentary Film director
Years active1999–present

Life and careerEdit

Marcela Said obtained a degree in aesthetics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.[1] In 1997, Said moved to France, studying film and media at the Paris-Sorbonne University.

In 1999, Said’s first documentary, Valparaíso, premiered, produced by Les Films d’Ici. Two years later she directed the documentary I Love Pinochet, which focused on supporters of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet. The film won awards at the Valparaíso Film Festival and the Santiago International Documentary Festival (FIDOCS), and received an Altazor Award.[2]

In 2006, Said directed a third documentary, Opus Dei, una cruzada silenciosa (Opus Dei, A Silent Crusade) alongside Jean de Certeau. The film looked at the influence of Opus Dei in Chile.[3] Her next film, The Young Butler (El Mocito in Spanish), focuses on the story of Jorgelino Vergara, a man who worked in a torture centre during the Chilean military regime.[4] This documentary was also directed together with Jean de Certeau and it premiered at Forum, Berlinale 2011. The Young Butler also received an Altazor Award in the category of best documentary.,[5]

In 2013, Said’s film The Summer of Flying Fish premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[6][7] The fictional film tells the story of young Manena, on vacation in the south of Chile, and explores the Mapuche conflict and Mapuche culture in Chile.



  1. ^ Marcela Said Cares. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  2. ^ Marcela Said, I Love Pinochet Archived 2012-01-10 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  3. ^ Opus Dei, A Silent Crusade. Adoc: Association of Chilean documentary filmmakers. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  4. ^ El Mocito, la cinta sobre el sirviente de la DINA que irá al festival de Berlín. La Tercera. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  5. ^ Marcela Said y Jean de Certeau Archived 2013-01-02 at the Wayback Machine. 8 June 2013.
  6. ^ Chile en Cannes. La Tercera. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  7. ^ La Psicomagia de Jodorowsky hipnotiza Cannes. El Mercurio online. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.

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