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by Matteo Tortone


Jorge leaves his home and family in the outskirts of Lima to try his luck in the goldmines of the Andes, chasing the promises of the mother lode. We follow Jorge through a journey full of omens, where reality and magical thinking blend together, as he discovers that the myth of wealth is built on sacrifices that become ever more tangible – while the boundaries between victims and oppressors get progressively vague and blurred. Mother Lode is a fable about the banality of the descent to hell in times of neoliberalism; it is a paradigm of a relentless world in which everything can be sacrificed in the name of profit.

international title: Mother Lode
original title: Mother Lode
country: France, Italy, Switzerland
sales agent: Intramovies
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Matteo Tortone
film run: 86'
screenplay: Mathieu Granier, Matteo Tortone
cinematography by: Patrick Tresch
film editing: Enrico Giovannone
music: Ivan Pisino
producer: Nadège Labé, Alexis Taillant
co-producer: Margot Mecca, Benjamin Poumey
production: Wendigo Films, Malfé Film, C-Side Productions

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