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The early stretches of Nicolas Lopez’s Eli Roth starrer “Aftershock,” set against Chile’s devastating 2010 earthquake, give moviegoers a new look at the old seaport city of Valparaiso.

Put-upon peasants? Favela hoods? Drug cartel violence? No way: “Aftershock” unspools in a chic rave club that could be mistaken for L.A., Roth said at a Sitges Fest presentation.

So too, increasingly, could Chile’s cinema.

As Hollywood fixates ever more on talent from developing countries, few far-flung places have enjoyed more of it, judged by festival kudos. Since 2012, Chile won at Sundance (“Violeta Went to Heaven, “Young & Wild,” “Crystal Fairy,” “To Kill a Man”), Berlin (“Gloria”), Cannes (“No”), San Sebastian (“Dog Flesh”) and March’s Platinos (“Gloria”).

Since breaking out at 2005’s Valdivia Festival, no other Latin American national cinema has matured as fast.

In 2003, seven Chilean films garnered multiscreen exhibition in Chile, while in 2013 that number increased to 30, per Constanza Arena, »

- John Hopewell

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