The steppe of Patagonia became a new El dorado. In the base of Añelo. To find work as a driver , José Luis must compromise because of the world of petroleum exploitation and the suffering to be away from his wife especially when she starts to get sick.
Cécilia, a paraguayan works in the region as a prostitute. So, when she decides to stop to try to live a better life, she starts to hesitate : Fall back in her old habits, to sell her body for almost nothing. Or, go back to her country to see her three girls grow up?
Compromise, making hard choices and facing the consequences. That’s what the Patagonians people must endure everyday.
The lands of Mapuche Relmu an Indian woman and Pampa the Gaucho farmer are coveted by the petroleum exploitations. Relmu is against it, she fights back, prepared to go to trial. Her determination is relentless, even when she realizes that she’s making her children growing up in an environment of fear, The old Pampa, him, adapts as much as he can to the “progress”. Accepting a financial arrangement. This could prevent him to loose everything, but deep down is this what really matters ?
For these people the “arriving” of the petroleum exploitations has brought them hope, doubts and resignation. Forced to make hard choices for their future. They have to bend, get back up, adapt to find a way to keep on living.
CICLIC (Support for the diffusion, aid to production)
CNC (Aid to prep, aid to production)
Occitanie Region (aid to production)
Coup de Pouce Tënk - Festival Après Varan, Paris (France) - septembre 2019
Environmental Film Festival CinemAmbiente, Torino (Italie), Compétition Internationale Documentaire, Première Mondiale, juin 2019
Festival Cinéma sous les Étoiles, Montréal (Canada), juillet 2019
Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou, Sélection Les Vagabondages Cinématographiques, Gindou (France), août 2019
Festival Après Varan, Paris (France), septembre 2019
Festival Cinémed, Hors compétition, Montpellier (France), octobre 2019
Festival Filmar en América Latina, Genève (Suisse), novembre 2019
Sélection au Festival Traces de Vies, en Compétition, Clermont-Ferrand, décembre