Archive of films Hunting Season / Temporada de Caza
Argentina / USA / France / Germany / Qatar
2017, 105 min
Untamed South American scenery as a reflection of the tattered internal landscape of a father and son, hunter and apprentice, whose confrontational relationship is pushed to an extreme level of instinct during a hunt. Here, hunting stands as an initiation ritual that employs the predator-prey dynamic to teach not only killing but also humility and forgiveness.
Sparking interest at the Venice IFF, Natalia Garagiola’s feature debut focuses on the conflicted relationship between Ernesto, a respected tracker, and his son Nahuel. Although Ernesto hasn’t seen Nahuel in ten years, he is obliged to take the boy in after his first wife dies. The defiant son and the intransigent father represent predators who battle each other for respect and to become the lone alpha male. But only one of them can be master… Taking its cue from the inhospitable conditions of the Patagonian wilderness, this bleak drama pares away all embellishments of family discord while zeroing in on the emotional mindset of participants who are armed with rifles and, more to the point, with stubbornness.
About the director
Natalia Garagiola (b. 1982, Buenos Aires, Argentina). Selected filmography: Nordic Factory (segment “Sundays”/ “Sunnuntaisin”, 2014), Mares and Parakeets (Yeguas y Cotorras, 2012, short), López’ Corner (Rincón de López, 2011, short), Hunting Season (Temporada de Caza, 2017)
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||Fernando Lockett|
|Art Director:||Marina Raggio|
|Producer:||Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, Benjamin Domenech, Gonzalo Tobal|
|Coproduction:||Gamechanger Films, Augenschein Filmproduktion, Les Films de l’Étranger|
|Cast:||Germán Palacios, Lautaro Bettoni, Boy Olmi, Rita Pauls|
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