Archive of films Destiny / El destino

Argentina / Spain
2005, 102 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2006

A man on the run wearing a priest’s cassock seeks refuge in a God-forsaken village. There is a chance that he might really find the asylum he longs for, but only if he accepts the role the villagers assign to him... Irony and black humour in a story about the destiny we try to change…


On the border of Bolivia and Argentina, where stunning scenery contrasts with the hopeless poverty of the inhabitatnts in their remote villages, a plane lands carrying a young man dressed as a priest and bringing luggage apparently stuffed with bibles for the  salvation of souls. But in these parts people need a different kind of salvation. To make a living, the villagers produce original ceramic works: the patterns, together with their destiny, are engraved using the bones of dead ancestors. Pedro’s fate, after a dramatic event, is in the hands of these inhabitants. Conversely, the village sees the sudden arrival of a priest as a sign and a chance to change their destiny. They are in disagreement as to how to overcome their poverty: either they continue their potter’s trade, or surrender to the avarice of some of them and destroy their sacred sites and culture. The hopes of both camps lie with Pedro: he is deemed the most qualified judge. Destiny is an adaptation of the novel by Héctor Tizón, The Man Who Came to a Village (El hombre que llegó a un pueblo).

About the director

Miguel Pereira (b. 1957, San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina) studied film in Buenos Aires, at Minnesota University and later in London at the International Film School. In London he made documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four. After returning to Argentina he worked in practically all areas of the film industry. He is currently President and Artistic Director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, and he also directs and produces films in his company Capablanca Films. Select documentaries: Jujuy 400 Times (1993 – Golden Columbus in Huelva), Che... Ernesto (1997). Feature films: The Debt (1988 – Silver Bear in Berlin, Silver Hugo in Chicago, Silver Makhila in Biarritz), The Last Harvest (1990 – Best Screenplay at the festival in Huelva, Bronze Sakura in Tokyo).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Miguel Pereira
Screenplay: Miguel Pereira
Dir. of Photography: Daniel Ortega
Music: Ricardo Vilca, Tucuta Gordillo
Editor: Mario Paves
Producer: Marcelo Altmark, Eva Baro, Antoni Sole, Miguel Pereira
Production: Capablanca Films
Cast: Tristán Ulloa, Carolina Román, Mimí Ardú, Tukuta Gordillo, Tomás Lipán, Daniela Carril, Titina Gaspar, Ruben Fleita
Contact: FilmSharks Int'l, ABS Production-Barcelona SL


Miguel Pereira

Antonio Solé


Bernardo Bergeret

Film Institution Rep.

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