Chilean Alejandro Tazo (Pablo Cerda) travels to Nashville, United States, following a love interest. But he will realize things aren’t so easy, predictable, or linear (neither does the film inform us of all that in this particular order), and that being a foreigner carries a certain degree of alienation. Also that defining yourself as a Johnny Cash fan is like confessing you breathe oxygen. Also that speaking other people’s language can be very tiring. After making the lead character (also played Pablo Cerda) move around Santiago on a bycicle in Velódromo (screened at Bafici 2010) Fuguet now holds him down him in the city of country music. However, for the Chilean writer and director, that immobility doesn’t imply a narrative immobilization. Tazo wants to work, meet people, make his trip worthwhile. Música campesina is a film by a narrator who also knows how to stage –through brilliant dialogues– conflicts and feelings. Fuguet is someone for whom dialogue writing is a key to build his own voice as an independent filmmaker, with an accent on that description’s adjective, but also on its noun. –BAFICI
Alberto Fuguet de Goyeneche (born 1964) is a popular Chilean writer, journalist, film critic and film director who rose to critical prominence in the 1990s as part of the movement known as the New Chilean Narrative. Although he was born in Santiago, he spent his first 13 years of life in Encino, California. He was among the fifty Latin American leaders selected by Time Magazine and CNN in 1999, and he appeared on the front page of Newsweek Magazine in 2002.
Fuguet was born in Santiago, Chile, but his family moved to Encino, California where he lived until age 13. He is a graduate of the University of Chile’s School of Journalism.
In 1999 Time called Fuguet one of the 50 most important Latin Americans for the next millennium. In 2003, he was featured on the cover of the international edition of Newsweek magazine to represent a new generation of Latino writers.
Fuguet currently heads the program in Contemporary Audiovisual Culture at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado’s… read more