by Felipe Galvez Haberle
Country: Argentina, Chile, UK, Taiwan, Germany, Sweden, France, Denmark
Year: 2023
Duration: 97'

Chile, beginning of the 20th century. A wealthy landowner hires three horsemen to mark out the perimeter of his extensive property and open a route to the Atlantic Ocean across vast Patagonia. The expedition, composed of a young Chilean half-blood, an American mercenary, and led by a reckless British lieutenant, soon turns into a “civilizing” raid.


film director

Felipe Gálvez

(Santiago del Chile, 1983) graduated from the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. In 2009, he directed the short film Be Quiet Please, which was awarded the BAFICI Best Short Film Award at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. In 2011, he made another short film, I’m Always Looking from Here, which was presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival. In 2018, he filmed his third short film, Raptor, screened at the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2023, he directed his debut feature film, The Settlers, selected for the prestigious Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.


Silencio en la sala (cm, 2009), Yo de aquí te estoy mirando (cm, 2011), Rapaz (cm, 2018), Los Colonos (2023).


film director

“The events in the film are not part of the official version of the history of Chile. They are not included in the school curriculum either. I’d never heard of the genocide of the Selk’nam people, who the whites in our country refer to as the Ona. I read about it fifteen years ago in an article that mentioned the hidden reality of the genocide. In school, we learn the history of Chile up until 1973. There is no mention of the military dictatorship that followed. There is still no official version of the history of the authoritarian regime. Is telling that story a worthwhile endeavour? And, more importantly, how does one go about telling it? These questions led me to think about the earlier events, at the start of the 20th century, that were discounted as well. What happens to a country when an entire page of its history is erased?”


& Credits

DIRECTOR: Felipe Gálvez. SCREENPLAY: Felipe Gálvez, Antonia Girardi. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Simone D’Arcangelo. EDITING: Matthieu Taponier. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sebastián Orgambide. COSTUME DESIGN: Muriel Parra. MUSIC: Harry Allouche. SOUND:Duu-Chih Tu, Tse Kang Tu. CAST: Mark Stanley, Sam Spruell, Alfredo Castro, Mariano Llinás, Marcelo Alonso, Mishell Guaña, Luis Machín, Benjamin Westfall, Agustín Rittano, Adriana Stuven, Camilo Aranciba. PRODUCERS: Giancarlo Nasi, Benjamín Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, Emily Morgan, Thierry Lenouvel, Stefano Centini. PRODUCTION: Quijote Films, Rai Cine, Quiddity Films, Volos Films Co, Cinema Inutile.