The Chilean vampire comedy El Conde, a nominee for ‘Best Film’ at the Venice Film Festival, directed and co-written by Pablo Larraín, is coming to Netflix later this year in September after the streaming service won the bidding war.
Guillermo Calderón has co-written the film with Larraín while Cristian Donoso and Segio Karmy serve as executive producers, with Fabula being the production company responsible for bringing it all together.
The IMDB synopsis for the film reads, “Centers on Augusto Pinochet, who is not dead but an aged vampire. After living 250 years in this world, he has decided to die once and for all.”
The Netflix synopsis, however, gives far more details. It reads, “Jaime Vadell plays an elder vampire living in a ruined mansion in the cold southern tip of Chile, along with his long-suffering wife, Lucia (Gloria Münchmeyer), and his long-serving and extremely loyal butler (Alfredo Castro).
The synopsis continues, “As early scenes show, the count has been preying on his victims since the days of the French Revolution. Now, after 250 viciously power-hungry years, sustained by literal human blood as well as the figurative marrow of the workers of his country, he’s plagued by the thought that the world will remember him as a thief and tyrant.
“He determines to eliminate blood from his diet in order to bring his endless life to a finish,” the synopsis concludes. “But just as his greedy and hapless middle-aged children arrive at the remote property, the count unexpectedly has another change of heart.”
El Conde was inspired by the former Chilean president and dictator Augusto Pinochet, who gained power through a military coup in the South American country in the early 1970s.