The annihilation of indigenous peoples in the southern area of Patagonia happened in a previous century, but the contempt felt by white people towards the survivors is still intact (as recently confirmed in Argentina). Puyelli is a Mapuche shaman who is falsely accused of homicide and practising medicine illegally (although it all happens because he allegedly 'abused' a young rich man). While in prison, the silent Puyelli waits and establishes a bond with one of the leaders in the penitentiary, Ramón, who is close to being released.

Taking the event as a seed allows Campusano to delve into subjects such as the prison system, xenophobia, class confrontation and the power networks in a society that moves according to the interests of the ruling classes. The tale is set in Bariloche, which was once a haven for fugitive Nazis and has always been the emblem for tourism in the Patagonia region.

Filmmaker
José Celestino Campusano
Country
Argentina
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
87’
Language
Spanish
Producer
José Celestino Campusano
Production Company
Cinebruto
Sales
Compañia de cine
Writer
José Celestino Campusano
Cinematography
Eric Elizondo
Editor
Horacio Florentín
Production Design
Paula Trocchia, Verónica Manzanares
Sound Design
Juan Francisco Fantín, Nahuel Reyes Sosa
Music
Claudio Miño
Cast
Chino Aravena, Emanuel Gallardo, Ana Nuñez, Daniel Quaranta, Juan Pablo Sierra, Aldo Verso, Damián Alberto Ávila