Violeta Went to Heaven

Violeta Went to Heaven

A film by Andrés Wood
Starring Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Christian Quevedo

Chile’s 2012 submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Chilean singer, artist and musician Violeta Parra was a gifted and passionate force of nature. When she died in 1967, she left behind a musical legacy of lyrical love songs, powerful pieces in defense of the oppressed and political calls to action.

In the new biopic Violeta Went To Heaven, director Andres Wood (Machuca) and actress Francisca Gavilan bring this cultural icon to life through all of the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from her humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art.

Violeta Went To Heaven is based on the memoirs of her son and a 1962 television interview Violeta gave.

With its clarity and depth, Gavilan’s singing is as good as her acting. —Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times


Technical Information

Production Year
Countries of Production
Chile, Argentina, Brazil
Spanish, French
Running Time
110 mins

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