THE ETERNAL MEMORY – Review by Lois Alter Mark

In this achingly beautiful documentary, filmmaker Maite Alberdi parallels Chilean journalist Augusto Góngora’s professional success in keeping his country’s memories alive with his personal struggle to keep his own memories alive in a battle against Alzheimer’s that he cannot win. His disease is ravaging his mind much the way the Pinochet regime ravaged Chile. Thanks to Alberdi’s masterful direction, though, the film has a surprisingly light and hopeful feel.

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THE ETERNAL MEMORY (HotDocs2023) – Review by Liz Braun

The Eternal Memory is a love story about journalist Augusto Gongoro and actress (and arts and culture minister) Paulina Urrutia, a Chilean couple living with his Alzheimer’s. Filmmaker Alberdi wanted to capture this couple because of the way Pauli integrated Augusto’s care into everyday life — an effort that allowed Augusto to thrive despite Alzheimer’s.

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Maite Alberdi on THE ETERNAL MEMORY (HotDocs2023) – Liz Braun interviews

The Eternal Memory is a love story that covers 25 years in the relationship between Chilean journalist Augusto Gongora and his wife, actress Paulina Urrutia. Augusto and Pauli have lived with his Alzheimer’s for the last decade. The heartrending movie reflects the intimate observational style of award-winning filmmaker Maite Alberdi, whose close focus on individual stories is often a door to larger national issues. We spoke to Alberdi when she was in Toronto with The Eternal Memory at the Hot Docs Film Festival.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 4, 2020: THE MOLE AGENT

Both a charming story about a most unlikely spy and a poignant meditation on the loneliness of growing old, Maite Alberdi’s engaging film The Mole Agent isn’t your everyday documentary. Like the Chilean filmmaker’s previous films, it has its own rhythm and style, feeling like a hybrid of nonfiction and carefully observed drama.

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THE MOLE AGENT – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

An elderly Chilean man, Sergio, spots a want ad in a newspaper that requires applicants to be a male retiree between the ages of 80 and 90 as a 007-like theme plays in the background. They need to be “independent, discrete and competent with technology.” Hence, that is the way Maite Alberdi’s hybrid doc/secret-agent thriller The Mole Agent kicks off.

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True/False Film Festival 2020 – Diane Carson reports

With the good fortune to occur just before Covid-19 necessitated the tough decision of cancellation or postponement, the True/False Film Festival went on as usual the first weekend of March (Thursday evening, March 5 through Sunday evening, March 8, 2020) in Columbia, Missouri.

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Maite Alberdi Wins IDFA 2016 AWFJ EDA Award for THE GROWN UPS, with 2,500 Euros Prize

For the third consecutive year, AWFJ presented the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film at IDFA. At a ceremony hosted by Chile Docs and held on November 22, IDFA Director Ally Derks introduced AWFJ jurors Jennifer Merin and Dorothy Woodend, and they in turn announced that the EDA Award and cash prize of 2,500 Euros goes to Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi for The Grown Ups. Read on…

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ IDFA 2016 Filmmaker Interview: Maite Alberdi on THE GROWN-UPS

Chilean documentarian Maite Alberdi’s uniquely intimate observational style give us an up close and personal glimpse into the world of four adults with Down syndrome, all of whom struggle to live more independently in a social structure that has confined them for 40 plus years in a special education school where they’ve been trained and mow work. In a most humane and compassionate way, the film embraces the dreams and frailties of its leading characters and exposes the ways in which socially conscious compassion and the need for expediency conflict in impacting the lives of people who don’t fit social ‘norms.’

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AWFJ Announces Nominees for 2,500 Euro Prize for Best Female-Directed Documentary at IDFA 2016 – Jennifer Merin reports

AWFJ is partnering with IDFA (International Dcoumentary Film Festival Amstersam) for the third consecutive year to honor female filmmakers whose documentaries are on the festival schedule. This is the first year the award includes the 2,500 Euro prize. The winner of the award will be announced at IDFA on November 22, and the award will be presented at that time. In the selection process, ten films nominated by IDFA programmers were viewed by AWFJ EDA Award jurors, who then selected three finalists for their final round of voting.

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Ten Films Nominated for the IDFA AWFJ EDA Award’s €2,500 Prize — Jennifer Merin reports

Programmers at IDFA have selected ten documentaries to be considered for this year’s IDFA AWFJ EDA Award, which bestows a prize of €2,500 for the Best Female-Directed Documentary. The winner will be announced and the award will be presented in Amsterdam on November 22, 2016. This year’s AWFJ jurors are Dorothy Woodend (Canada), Julide Tanriverdi (Germany) and Jennifer Merin (USA). 2016 is the third consecutive year that IDFA and AWFJ have partnered to recognize women’s outstanding achievements in documentary filmmaking, and it is the first year in which the EDA Award comes with a monetary prize.

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