Trailer for The Passion of Michelangelo.
In 1983, as Chilean demonstrations against Pinochet s military regime gathered strength, the government seized upon the strange story of 14-year-old street teen Miguel Angel as a means of diverting attention from the public s growing discontent. In Pe ablanca, not far from Valpara so, the charismatic Angel swore he could see the Virgin Mary at the top of a local hill and, with the government doing all it could to promote this miracle , hundreds of thousands of people made the pilgrimage to the holy spot. Soon Angel had attained rock-star status with all the perks the term implies until, inevitably, he fell fast and hard
Shot on 16mm film for a documentary feel, the film follow the investigation of an increasingly skeptical priest into this affair. Both a cultural critique of what director Esteban Larra n sees as Chile s need for affirmation in the face of a collective inferiority complex and a succinct illustration of Juvenal s bread and circuses concept of governmental appeasement, Larra n s political drama speaks volumes about how the Pinochet years deeply scarred a nation s already fragile psyche.