An existentialist Patagonia
In the Argentinean mindset, Patagonia is a land deeply tied to fortune, “la suerte”. One goes there in search of it or else to run away from an unfortunate event. In his Born and Bred [+see also:
film profile], Pablo Trapero opted for the latter, writing and directing a story in which the young, main character Santiago, following a serious car accident after which he loses contact with his wife and daughter, decides to leave Buenos Aires and seek refuge in the Terra del Fuoco, to process the pain and cut all ties with the past.
The accident is the watershed in a film that wants to depict the substantial differences between the well-off, middle-class lifestyle of Santiago and his family in the Argentinean capital and in Patagonia, where he finds temporary, improvised employment and is immersed in a wilderness that is often hostile and, above all, in the secret of a suffering that gives him no peace.
Trapero belongs to that new wave of Argentinean filmmakers that has been offering quality films at international festivals and markets for several years now. Europe played an integral role in the €1.5m co-production. Besides Argentina (through Trapero’s Matanza Cine company), the UK also participated with Axiom Films as well as Italy with Rosanna Seregni’s Sintra Film.
“I’d wanted to produced a film of Trapero’s for some time,” said Seregni, “considering my love of Argentinean cinema, which I’ve been followed for over 15 years through the Buenos Aires Film Festival. We are confident that international markets will appreciate the work of this talented young filmmaker, as they did with his previous films”.
International sales are being handled by French outfit Films Distribution.
(Translated from Italian)
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