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213 Ratings

Violeta Went to Heaven

Violeta se fue a los cielos

Directed by Andrés Wood
Chile, Argentina, 2011
Drama, Biography


A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.

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Violeta Went to Heaven Directed by Andrés Wood

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic Competition)

Goya Awards

2012 | Nominee: Best Iberoamerican Film

Ariel Awards (Mexico)

2012 | Nominee: Best Latin-American Film

Critics reviews

Violeta Went to Heaven’s creators do a disservice to Chilean singer and multi-hyphenate artist Violeta Parra’s legacy by making her suicide the logical climax to her working life. Because Parra killed herself at age 49, and her work was a reflection of her struggles as an impoverished bohemian, director Andrés Wood (Machuca) and screenwriter Eliseo Altunaga’s miserablist adaptation of Parra’s memoirs is death-obsessed, and it characterizes Parra as a mercurial talent with no sense of propriety.
March 27, 2013
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A rare Chilean film that doesn’t mention either the Allende or Pinochet regimes, Violeta Went to Heaven is a love letter to a lost 20th-century goddess. It’s hard to resist her.
March 26, 2013
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