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What are the limits of the image in the construction of a cinematic narrative? Two friends, Julio and Gabriel, try to make a film about the myth of Thomas Maney, a priest who, after dropping the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, may have moved to the south of Chile. No one believes this story is real, but they claim that the area where Maney supposedly lived holds proof and memories of his existence. Amid the film’s creative process, among trips, research and parallel jobs, the friends grow apart. The film is reconfigured and a new character emerges—graffiti with strong political content born during the 2019 revolts. In Jerónimo Rodríguez’s second feature, with voiceover narration and shot in Chile and the US, fixed shots of buildings and landscapes work as the motor of a meta-narrative filled with detours, myths and recollections.
Jerónimo Rodríguez is a Chilean writer-director. El veterano is his second feature, after The Monument Hunter (2015, 30th Festival). He co-wrote Much Ado About Nothing (Alejandro Fernández Almedras, 2016) and co-produced The Princess of France (Matías Piñeiro, 2014), which premiered at Locarno Film Festival’s Competition.