2014, Documentary, English and French, 95 minutes


Marilu Mallet


Marilu Mallet


Au Pays de la muraille enneigée (English title: Chile, Personal Geography) is a road movie that takes us on the roads of contemporary Chile, as well as along the paths of memory.

Marilú Mallet was forced to leave Chile after General Pinochet’s coup d’état in 1973, and this event left an indelible mark on her life. A filmmaker living in Quebec, Canada for forty years, she returns to the country of her childhood to rediscover a place she no longer knows and at the same time, to explore questions linked to her own dislocation and sense of identity.

Is the secret of the Chilean identity hidden in desert sands? Or behind a glacier? From the Atacama Desert to Tierra del Fuego, the landscapes of Chile are connected but dissimilar. The climates and ecosystems of this country at the end of the world seem as diverse as the identities of its citizens.

Through interviews, travel sequences and archival documents, Chile, Personal Geography traces a portrait that is simultaneously historical, political and sociological, while maintaining a personal point of view. The filmmaker makes us aware that the complexity of identity in the context of globalization is now a universal problem.


Reviews & Awards

Official selection, Rendez Vous du Cinéma Québécois, 2015