by Lisandro Alonso
Country: Argentina, Denmark, France, Mexico, USA
Year: 2014
Duration: 108'

1882. The Danish captain Gunnar Dinesen arrives in Patagonia with his fifteen-year-old daughter to work as an engineer for the Argentine army during the so-called desert conquest, the systematic genocide of the local Aborigines. Ingeborg is the only female there; her presence throws the soldiers into turmoil and one night she runs away with one of them without telling her father anything. When Gunnar wakes up the next morning, he realizes what has happened and leaves the military base to venture into the savage enemy territory as he desperately searches for his daughter.


film director

Lisandro Alonso

Lisandro Alonso (Argentina, 1973) after schooling at the Universidad del Cine began working in cinema in 1996, producing the short film La última llamada by Andrés G. Schaer. In 1998 he was the director’s assistant of Nicolas Sarquim for the film Sobre la tierra and in 2001 he directed his first full-lenght La libertad. The following Los muertos (2004) received several international awards, including best film at Torino Film Festival. Fantasma was screened at Cannes as part of the Quinzaine des réalisateurs, just like the following Liverpool. Jauja was presented at Un certain regard during the last edition of the festival. 


Dos en la vereda (cm, 1995), La libertad (2001), Los muertos (2004), Fantasma (2006), Liverpool (2010), Sin título (Carta para Serra) (cm, 2011), Jauja (2014). 


film director

“A few years back I received an email telling me that a close friend had been assassinated in a land far away from her place of birth. I was strongly disturbed and shocked by what had happened to her and I began to think of this story. […] I have devoted more space to words here, and to my own desires. Oddly enough, I feel that this film has come to me and taken its unreal form as a way of helping me to grasp the world and the time we live in, how we vanish in order to inexplicably return, in utterly mysterious ways.”


& Credits

Lisandro Alonso
Lisandro Alonso, Fabian Casas
Timo Salminen
montaggio/film editing
Natalia López, Gonzalo del Val
scenografia/production design
Sebastián Roses
costumi/costume design
Gabriela Aurora Fernández
Viggo Mortensen, Buckethead
Catriel Vildosola
Viggo Mortensen, Viilbjørk Mallin Agger, Ghita Nørby, Adrian Fondari, Esteban Bigliardi, Diego Roman, Mariano Arce, Misael Saavedra, Gabriel Marquez, Brian Patterson
Ilse Hughan, Andy Kleinman, Viggo Mortensen, Sylvie Pialat, Jaime Romandia, Helle Ulsteen, Lisandro Alonso, Michael Weber, Ezequiel Borovinsky, Leandro Pugliese
4L, Fortuna Films, Kamoli Films, Les Films du Worso, Mantarraya Producciones, Massive, The Match Factory, Perceval Pictures, Wanka
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