Ana’s Journey


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Ana’s Journey.

The film relates a journey on the footsteps of an exile: not really that of Chilean poet Francisco Contreras, who lived in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, but rather that of his young French wife, Andrea, who made the trip backwards after the poet passed away, and spent the rest of her life in Chile. Although the film is an implicit portrait of Francisco Contreras, a poet once forgotten in his own country, it is Andrea’s ghost that seems to be guiding the eponymous character, a young photographer who prepares a film about the gathering of the two exiled lovers’ ashes. With great freedom, without getting mixed up with expected itineraries, and always confronting fiction and reality, the film slowly weaves a framework of mysterious connections between Ana and Andrea.


Pamela Varela was born in Santiago de Chile. She moved to France where she worked as first assistant director with Arnaud Desplechin, Mathieu Amalric and Lech Kowalski. She has directed many documentaries and video films. Her last feature-length documentary, Las Sasons, screened in the International Festival of Women’s Films in Creteil and was released theatrically in France.


  • Title
    Ana’s Journey
  • Rights
    Festivals, Sales
  • Country
  • Year
  • Length
    90′, col.

  • Director
    Pamela Varela
  • Screenplay
    Pamela Varela
  • Editing
    Pamela Varela, Thomas Glaser, Yannis Polinacci
  • Photography
    Emmanuel Trousse, Cristobal Portaluppi, Pamela Varela

  • Music
    Yannis Plastinas
  • Sound
    Sergio Henriquez, Maxime Delporte

  • Cast
    Astrid Adverbe, Gabriela Muriel, Maritza Gonzalez, Jaime Vargas, Hector Escalante, Silvio Canihuante, Luis Contreras Jara
  • Producers
    Pamela Varela, Estelle Fialon, Paula Talloni
  • Production
    Tentativa Films, Les Films du Poisson

  • Fid Marseille 2014
  • Colchagua Cine Chile Nancagua 2015
  • World Festival of Emerging Cinema St. Augustine 2016
  • Museo de la Memoria y Derechos Humanos Santiago del Chile 2018

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