Roberto Artiagoitía

Chile, 1969


Gosho was a Japanese director, who made many films from the mid-1920’s to the end of the 1960s. He began his career in 1923 as assistant director to Shimazu Yasujiru in the Shōchiku film studio. Shimazu was one of the founders of the shōshimingeki genre that focused on stories about people from the lower and middle classes, which also became one of Gosho’s trademarks. In his first films, he often focused on characters with physical or mental handicaps (The Villiage Bride / Mura no hanayome, 1928). Even though these films are highly appreciated these days, at the time he was severely criticized and so he changed his themes. Among his most important films are Lonely Hoodlum (Sabishiki ranbomono, 1927), The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (Madamu to nyobo, 1931), the first complete sound films in Japan, Dancer of Izu (Koi no hana saku Izu no odoriko, 1933) that was shot as a silent film; the comedies The Bride Talks in Her Sleep (Hanayome no negoto, 1933) and The Bridegroom Talks in His Sleep (Hanamuko no negoto, 1935), drama Woman in the mist (Oboroyo no onna, 1936). In 1941, he joined the Daiei studio, but during the war he shot only four films, dissatisfied with the political limitations of propaganda films. He directed the romantic drama One More Time (Ima hitotabi no, 1947) and Dispersed Clouds (Wakare-gumo, 1951) and in that same year founded his own production house, Studio 8 Productions. In 1953, he won a special award for peace in Berlin for his film The Four Chimneys (Entotsu no mieru basho, 1953). The most important films from his later period are An Inn at Osaka (Osaka no yado, 1954), Yellow Crow (Kiiroi karasu, 1957), Elegy of the North (Aijo no keifu, 1961), Woman of Osore Mansion (Osorezan no onna, 1965). Due to his humanist approach and compassionate portrayals of the everyday lives of common people, the term Goshoism, referring to a bitter-sweet style of storytelling, became popular among Japanese film critics.


Films by this director

Grado 3


Directed by: Roberto Artiagoitía
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sergio Armstrong

An adaptation of the Canadian comedy Young People Fucking (2007), the film follows five different “couples” from Chile over the course of a single night. Two ex-lovers meet again after a long time, an elderly widower decides to treat himself to a prostitute on his birthday, a young couple’s sex life is in a rut, a student trying to get rid of his flatmate in order to have sex with a girl, a homosexual and his female best friend are having sex out of boredom…

digital, color, 84 min

Paseo de Oficina


Directed by: Roberto Artiagoitía
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sergio Armstrong

Comedy about the family owned supermarkets Océano, which have recently been taken over by an international company. As if that isn't enough, to great dissatisfaction of the workers, for their traditional end of the business year they are having celebrating integration day”. Rumours about possible layoffs, love affairs and problems among colleagues, together with workers trying to fight for their rights, will make sure that the integration day does not pass without excitement.

color, digital, 90 min
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