El Huaso

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    El Huaso

    Directed by

    Chile

    2012

    78 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Gustavo Proto moved his family from Chile to Toronto to provide them with a better life. His father committed suicide when Gustavo was just 16. Now 58, he ponders his life and the possibility of ending it himself before he becomes a burden to those he loves. Before he makes this final decision, he wants to live out his childhood dream of returning to Chile and becoming a huaso, a Chilean cowboy. Carlo Guillermo Proto moves between the complex roles of director and son, dissolving unspoken barriers to reveal an emotional and heart-wrenching portrait of a family torn between respecting Gustavo’s choices and confronting him with the burden he places on those left behind. As the film travels between continents, tensions rise. Carlo allows himself to become a vulnerable character, imbuing the film with a rare and compelling honesty about familial responsibility and personal freedom.

    Credits

    Cast
    Gustavo Proto
    Screenplay
    Carlo Guillermo Proto
    Gustavo Proto
    Cinematography
    Benjamin R. Taylor
    Editing
    Ariel Escalante
    Carlo Guillermo Proto
    Production
    THE HANDSHAKE PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    Carlo does an excellent job of letting his father be both the man brave enough to sacrifice himself in order to spare his family, and a fool unable to live beyond his misery.

    TORONTOist

    Carlo Guillermo Proto

    Carlo Guillermo Proto

    Chile

    Raised in Quillota, Chile and Mississauga, Ontario, Carlo Guillermo Proto makes his home in Montreal, Quebec. Much of his work focuses on the unique interplay between identity and human experience in relationship to issues of geography, ethnicity and perceived disabilities.

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