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ALTIPLANO

by Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth

synopsis

War photographer Grace, devastated after a violent incident in Iraq, renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to illnesses caused by a mercury spill from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman in Turubamba, loses her fiancé to the contamination. Ignorant of its true source, the villagers turn their rage on the foreign doctors, and in the ensuing riot Max is killed. Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of Max’s death. Saturnina takes drastic measures to protest against the endless violations towards her people and her land. Grace and Saturnina’s destinies merge. Altiplano is a lyrical and probing film about our divided but inextricably linked world.

original title: Altiplano
country: Belgium
sales agent: Meridiana Films
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
release date: BE 25/11/2009, NL 03/12/2009, DE 24/06/2010
screenplay: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
cast: Jasmin Tabatabai, Olivier Gourmet, Magaly Solier
cinematography by: Francisco Gózon
film editing: Nico Leunen
music: Michel Schöpping
producer: Peter Brosens
production: Bo Films, Entre Chien et Loup, Lemming Film
backing: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CFWB, Wallimage, ING, Tax Shelter, National Lottery, MDM, MBB, NFF, EURIMAGES, MEDIA Programme, ZDF/ARTE, VRT, Imagine Film, Farbfilm, Cineworx, Kodak, Venice Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, SACD
distributor: Imagine, Contact Film Cinematheek, Farbfilm Verleih GmbH

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