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The Settlers

Felipe Gálvez, Antonia Girardi, Giancarlo Nasi

Chile, Argentina, Denmark

TFL Awards

TFL Co-Production Award 2018 (€ 50.000)
with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

synopsis

At the end of the 19th century, sheep farms cover more and more territory in Chilean Patagonia. In 1893, Segundo (23), a Chilean mestizo (mixed-race), leaded by MacLenan (40), a former English captain, and Bill (35), an American mercenary, embark on a horseback expedition to delimit and claim the land that the State has granted to the Spanish landowner José Menendez (45).

Segundo discovers the “civilising” will of his commanders when they encounter a tribe of Onas Indians and brutally and euphorically kill them. Segundo is forced to participate. On the way back, they find Kiepja (17), a cheerful and young Ona woman, whom they kidnap.

20 years later, Vicuña (35), a direct envoy of the President, visits the already civilised lands. Segundo sees in him the opportunity to redeem his guilt, the only chance to confess his crimes.

Vicuña turns a deaf ear. He takes a camera and shoots Segundo and Kiepja as an exemplary family of “civilised” settlers, taking history in his own hands.

project updates

The Settlers

FeatureLab - projects 2018

May 9, 2019

REI Cine (Argentina), Snowglobe (Denmark), Cine-Sud Promotion (France) on board. Scheduled to shoot in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia in March 2020.

intention

The Settlers is based on the brutal Onas Genocide, which took place at the end of the 19th Century in the Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia. Having access to the judicial investigation on the taunts committed allowed me to know the creators, executors and passive accomplices of this massacre.

The film’s title refers to a plural, because it is important to show not only the executors but also those who financed and decided to hush this genocide.

Choosing the point of view of the hunters responds to an ethical decision about the need to recognise and question the foundations of a colonialist thought that has allowed this extermination, which is still in force in western culture.

The Settlers is a film about rewriting our history. It not only emerges from the past but also relates with our present, reflecting on how our nation is built from deleted fragments and fabricated images. Here, Cinema has a crucial place; it is a device of power, a machine to build long-lasting realities.

budget, distribution & sales

The Settlers was selected for Cannes Critics’ Week’s Next Step programme 2018. Shooting is planned for December 2019. Felipe Gálvez’ first feature film is a continuation of the work we started with his last short film Raptor. Don Quijote Films, together with co-producers Rei Cine and Snowglobe Film, have a strong tradition in producing internationally awarded first feature films. Our first goal is premiering at an A-list festival, positioning the film as a challenging debut from a director with a strong and innovative cinematographic vision. Later, we aim to exhibit the film around the world through the most varied platforms. Our estimated budget is € 740.000, from which 50% shall be raised between Chile and Argentina. In order to fill our 50% gap, we are looking for an additional co-producer and potential financiers. Moreover, we are looking for a sales agent on board at an advanced stage of development.

videos

An expedition turns into a violent natives hunt. 20 years later, Segundo sees a redemption opportunity.
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Felipe Gálvez

Scriptwriter, Film Director

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Antonia Girardi

Scriptwriter

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Giancarlo Nasi

Production

production notes

original title
Los Colonos

directed by
Felipe Gálvez

produced byDon Quijote Films
General Boonen Rivera 2427
7770049, Santiago
Chile

in co-production with
Rei Cine – Argentina
Snowglobe Film – Denmark

written by
Felipe Gálvez, Antonia Girardi