Archive of films Man of the Future / El hombre del futuro

Chile / Argentina
2019, 96 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2019

Michelsen, an elderly truck driver, sets out on his last trip driving freight to the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia. The long and arduous drive through the magnificent, luxuriant natural landscape, past lakes and extensive glaciers, ultimately becomes a recapitulation of his life when he unexpectedly happens upon his adult daughter, whom he hasn’t seen since her childhood.


The enchantingly beautiful landscape of Chilean Patagonia forms the backdrop for the story of an unexpected encounter between father and daughter after years of separation. When their paths cross as they both head in different trucks along the road leading to the southernmost point of the country, elderly Michelsen and young Elena, now almost an adult, are given an opportunity to get to know one another, to reassess their past and their mistakes, and perhaps to find a way back to one another. The fine-spun psychological study of credible characters, the sparing dialogue and close-ups of facial expressions largely captured in motion – in the truck’s cab, at roadside stops or in the lush, vibrant lakeside rainforest – lend this minimalist film a vital, authentic charm.

Eva Zaoralová (2012)

About the director

Felipe Ríos

Felipe Ríos (b. 1982). Filmography: Das Golem (2003, short), The Man In the Suitcase (2005, short), Gabinete (2018, doc. series), The Emancipating Opera (2019, short), The Man from the Future (2019)


Quijote Films
General Boonen Rivera 2427, , Santiago de Chile
Tel: +56 222 043 400
E-mail: [email protected]

Publicity contact

Brigitta Portier
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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Felipe Ríos
Screenplay: Felipe Ríos, Alejandro Fadel
Dir. of Photography: Eduardo Bunster
Editor: Nicolas Goldbart, Valeria Hérnandez
Art Director: Amparo Baeza
Producer: Giancarlo Nasi
Production: Quijote Films
Coproduction: Sagrado Cine, La unión de los ríos
Cast: José Soza, Antonia Giessen, Roberto Farías, María Alché
Contact: Quijote Films, Brigitta Portier


Giancarlo Nasi


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Felipe Ríos

Film Director

Brigitta Portier


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Film Institution Rep.


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