Barcelona, January 18th, 2024

The filmmaker Maite Alberdi will receive the Special Award at the Brain Film Fest 2024 for her career

Her latest film, The Eternal Memory, will open the seventh edition of the festival on March 13th

The Brain Film Festival, which will organize its 7th edition from March 13th to 17th  at the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), will recognize the career of Chilean director and producer Maite Alberdi with the Brain Film Fest 2024 Special Award at its opening ceremony. The international event, promoted  by the Pasqual Maragall Foundation  and co-organized by Minimal Films, will also program a retrospective of her work, which will include  The eternal memory, the opening film of this edition, La Once (Tea time), The mole agent and the short film I’m not from here. With her filmography, Alberdi has explored old age and issues related to the brain with a lucid and empathetic gaze, building her own narrative in relation to aging, the mechanisms of memory and the resilience of emotions.

This honorary award, created in 2022, is awarded annually to a person related to the cultural and creative field, whose work has exerted a significant influence on the collective mindset on themes related to brain. In 2023 the award recognized the filmmaker Isabel Coixet and in 2022, the actress Carme Elias.

The eternal memory, opening film of Brain Film Fest 2024

Maite Alberdi’s latest film, The eternal memory, produced by Pablo Larraín, will open the seventh edition of the Brain Film Fest on March 13. The documentary filmmaker narrates the story of a couple who have been in a relationship for twenty-five years, Augusto Góngora and Paulina Urrutia, and who have lived for eight years with the Alzheimer’s disease of Augusto, one of the most prominent cultural commentators and television presenters in Chile.

Traversing decades of intimacy, The eternal memory elegantly cements Alberdi’s place as one of today’s most thoughtful documentary filmmakers. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the last Sundance Film Festival, was shown at the Berlinale and at the Perlak section of the San Sebastian Festival. It is nominated in the Best Ibero-American Film category at the 2024 Goya Awards and is the candidate to represent Chile in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars.

The Small Worlds of a Great Documentary Filmmaker

Maite Alberdi (Santiago de Chile, 1983) has developed a unique style that is characterized by the intimate portrait of small worlds. Her first  film, El salvavidas (2011), with great international recognition, was premiered at IDFA and with her second film, La Once (2014), she would win several international awards, including those of the Guadalajara, DocsBarcelona and Miami festivals and the nominations for the Platino Awards and the Goya Awards 2016 as Best Ibero-American Film. That same year she released her third feature film, Los niños, which has also won numerous international awards. With The Mole Agent (2020) and its premiere at Sundance, she would pick up her first Oscar nomination. The short film Yo no soy de aquí (2016) was awarded at the Sheffield, DocumentaMadrid and Visiones DuReel festivals, and nominated for the European Films Award.

Through audiovisual creation and scientific dissemination, the Brain Film Fest aims to show the public, in a close format, the multifaceted reality of the brain, from its capabilities to its diseases and conditions. It is the only festival of its kind in Europe and has been held annually since 2018 as part of Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase awareness about the progress and benefits of research.