Cannes Docs


Original title: Malqueridas

Directed by: Tana Gilbert

Produced by: Paola Castillo (Errante, Chile), Dirk Manthey (Dirk Manthey Film UG, Germany)

Country of production: Chile, Germany

Runtime: 75'

Expected release: February, 2023

Production stage: Early edition

Budget: €240,495 (70% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, sales agent, distributors, buyers, gap financing.


Women in prison reconstruct their experience of motherhood through videos and photographs captured with their forbidden cell phones while serving their sentences. Malqueridas offers a reflection on the severity of motherhood when faced with confinement and the loss of affections.

Director’s profile:

Filmmaker from the University of Chile, with a master’s degree in Documentary Filmmaking at the same university. Her first short film, Rest, Zulema was produced during her second year in film school, and was awarded and screened in several national and international festivals (Best documentary short film Femcine 2013). Her last short film I’m still here was released at Hot Docs 2017 and participated in 25 international IFF, and received several awards such as: Best Short Film at Cine Las Americas (United States), Jury Award at MiradasDoc (Spain), among others. Professor of documentary courses at University of Chile and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She is developing her career with an interest in social gender issues.

Producers’s profile:

Filmmaker graduated from the EICTV in Cuba. She has been a speaker on documentary filmmaking for several Chilean institutions and Latin American seminars. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Since 2020 and co-founder of CCDOC / Chiledoc, a non-profit organization that has made an impact on the national and international visibility of Chilean documentaries. Among her productions, the Chilean-Brazilian co production Haydee and the Flying Fish, directed by Pachi Bustos, acknowledged in Hot Docs, DocsMx and others festivals; the Canadian-Chilean co-production Cielo, directed by Alison McAlpine, selected in New York Film Festival and Karlovy Vary; Beyond my Grandfather Allende, by Marcia Tambutti Allende, Best Documentary Film at Cannes 2015, among others films. Director of the renowned documentaries as Border, 74m2, Genoveva and The last trace.