After preview screenings and Q&As last week Gloria hits cinemas nationwide this Friday on the back of a huge publicity campaign (just look at the Guardian Film homepage today) and has been drawing rave reviews across the board.
Centring on a middle aged female protagonist, Gloria is a rare delight, a film that shows that life doesn’t end at 50 and in the eponymous Gloria features a charming, flawed and entirely relatable character. Divorced and with her kids having left home Gloria chooses to throw herself back into life and make the most of her freedom. She starts dating Rodolfo, a retired naval officer, also divorced whom she meets at a nightclub. Although initially the relationship gets of to a good start Rodolfo hasn’t shaken off his ties to his ex-wife and remains stridently committed to his two daughters, whom he jumps to at every call. Though frustrated and disappointed, Gloria never loses her optimism, her free spiritedness, her sense of humour.
Paulina García is the star of the film and given that Gloria is told entirely from her perspective the success of the film rests significantly on her shoulders. Though hardly known outside of Chilean television García is a revelation here and sure to add many more Best Actress awards to her Berlin Film Festival prize. Watch an interview with García here.
Chile’s official entry to the Academy Awards expectations are high that Gloria could follow in No‘s footsteps and become the second Chilean film to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. From the same producers as No, Gloria continues a growing trend of international recognition of contemporary Chilean cinema and is likely to replicate No‘s successes at the box office.
As with the release of No in February this year BFFS is again working with Network Releasing to make Gloria available to community cinemas and film societies as close to the theatrical release as possible. Released theatrically this Friday 1 November, Gloria is available to screen exclusively through the BFFS Booking Scheme from 22 November, well in advance of its DVD release in February.
To book the film send a booking form to firstname.lastname@example.org or to our office address. Network Releasing will also provide posters to groups screening the film!