LOS MUERTOS

by Lisandro Alonso

35mm, color, 78', 2004

coproduction with 4L-Lisandro Alonso, Fortuna Films, Slot Machine/arte, TSI

original version: Spanish

subtitles: French, English, Italian

Awards: Torino Film Festival: Best Film, Cinédécouvertes (Bruxelles): Golden Age Award, Viennale 2004: Standard Reader’s Prize & FIPRESCI Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Czech Television Award for the Forum of Independents’ Best Film, International Yerevan Film Festival: Special Jury Prize, International Film Festival Santiago de Chile: Best Film, Festival Paysages de Cinéastes de Chatenay Malabry: Special Jury Prize & Best Photography, Lima Latin American Film Festival: Critics Award

A 54-year-old man gets out of jail in the Province of Corrientes, Argentina. Once released, he wants to find his now adult daughter who lives in a swampy and remote area. To get there, he must cross great distances in a small boat on the rivers scoring deep into the jungle. Vargas is a quiet and self-contained man; he possesses the restraint of those living close to nature. A deep mystery surrounds him, the people he encounters and the places he goes through that takes in the unalterable world he finds almost unchanged after his long years of incarceration.