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In the early 20th century, in Chile’s Patagonian desert, Spanish landowner José Menéndez hires three men -a British military man, a mercenary from the US and a Chilean mestizo- for an expedition whose aim is to claim the land the State has given to him. The mission includes the annihilation of any indigenous group that crosses their path toward the Atlantic Ocean. In his directorial debut, in which he sets out to make a historical revisionism about the forgotten genocide of the Selk’nam indians, Felipe Gálvez combines Latin American social cinema with the traditions of Hollywood westerns. That connection is not a result of chance—the tension between natives and foreigners was not only settled in the bloody hunts for control of the land; itt also found, many years later, a new dispute scenario in moving pictures.
Felipe Gálvez (Chile, 1983) is a filmmaker, writer and film editor based in Paris, France. His works include the short Rapaz (2018), which premiered at Cannes. As a film editor, Felipe has collaborated with such filmmakers as Marialy Rivas, Kiro Russo, Alex Anwandter and Martín Rodríguez Redondo, among others.