Archive of films The Dead / Los Muertos

Argentina
2004, 78 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2005

Fifty-four-year-old Vargas is released from jail in the province of Corrientes, Argentina. Once he is out, he intends to find his daughter who lives in a remote swampy area. To get there, he must travel a long way in a small boat on a river running deep into the jungle. This radically minimalist, daring masterpiece with hardly any dialogue or narrative story uses modern cinematographic language and has a strikingly intense and unique visual style.


Synopsis

54-year-old Vargas is released from jail in the province of Corrientes, Argentina. Once he is out, he intends to find his now adult daughter who lives in a remote swampy area. To get there, he must travel a great distance, most of it in a small boat on a river running deep into the jungle. But this is not a problem for Vargas, who evidently used to live close to nature in the past. The world he finds looks almost unchanged even after long years spent in jail. Still, he is a highly mysterious figure: Is he a murderer? Whom did he kill? What happened years ago in the jungle? Is he a bad, violent person, or a victim? Do Good and Evil exist at all in this strange, almost mythical, and yet so real world? This radically minimalist, daring masterpiece with hardly any dialogue or narrative story uses totally modern cinematographic language and has a strikingly intense and unique visual style.

About the director

Lisandro Alonso (b. 1975, Buenos Aires) studied at the Universidad del Ciné in Buenos Aires and later worked as assistant director on various feature films. In 1995 he wrote and co-directed the short film Dos en la vereda (with Catriel Vildosola). His radical feature debut La libertad (Freedom, 2001), also shown at Karlovy Vary (Forum of Independents, 2003), attracted a lot of attention and received prizes at various international film festivals. Los Muertos is Alonso’s second feature.

Contacts

4L
Amenabar 1870 1/D, 1428, Buenos Aires
Argentina
Tel: +54 114 523 7694
E-mail: alonsolisandro@hotmail.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
   
Director: Lisandro Alonso
Screenplay: Lisandro Alonso
Dir. of Photography: Cobi Migliora
Music: Flor Maleva
Editor: Lisandro Alonso
Producer: Lisandro Alonso
Production: 4L koprodukce/co-production Fortuna Films, Slotmachine, ARTE, Ventura Film Switserland
Cast: Argentino Vargas
Contact: 4L
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