In the late 19 th century at the very south of Chile, the State provided José Menendez - a Spanish landowner - with some territory. He therefore sets up an expedition to define the limits of this newly-acquired land. Segundo, a mixed-race Chilean man, takes part in it but as the expedition carries on, he questions the soundness of the orders he was given. His fears are corroborated when he is forced to take part in the massacre of the Onas tribe. Kiepja, the only survivor, is kidnapped and a strong friendship blossoms between her and Segundo. 20 years go by. Menendez prospers and he is preparing to welcome Vicuña, an envoy of the President of Chile inquiring about the rumours of a supposed massacre. Menendez introduces him to Segundo, now married to Kiepja. Still guilt-ridden, he sees the opportunity to shed light on the truth. With The Settlers (also developed at TFL 2018), Felipe revisits the massacre of the native Onas in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago through fiction. This story, deeply rooted in two different periods and inspired by real-life stories, is told from the perspective of the settlers, a choice both ethical and critical of a society that was build and evolved through extermination.
- DON QUIJOTE FILMS
- REI CINE
- SNOWGLOBE FILM
- CINE-SUD PROMOTION
After his film studies, Felipe directed SILENCIO EN LA SALA in 2009, rewarded at BAFICI, and in 2011, Yo de aquí te estoy mirando screened in Rotterdam. His third short, RAPAZ, was selected at the 57th Semaine de la Critique. With this precise, dense and tense film, Felipe throws us in the midst of a news story shot vertically, in the heat of the moment, in the middle of the street. This story is a testimony of the director’s feeling of urgency in denouncing the excesses of our time. Felipe Gálvez presented his feature debut project at Next Step 2018, THE SETTLERS, produced by Don Quijote Films, Rei Cine, Snowglobe and Cinesud. THE SETTLERS was previously developed at Torino Film Lab 2018 where it received the Co-Production Award.