Film und Medien Stiftung NRW"The Settlers" by Felipe Gálvez

"The Settlers" is the debut feature of the Chilean director Felipe Gálves and awarded the FIPRESCI Prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at this year’s Festival de Cannes. At the beginning of the 20th century, a wealthy landowner hires three horsemen to stake out the boundaries of his sprawling property and open a path to the Atlantic for his sheep. The expedition consisting of a young Chilean mestizo, an American mercenary and a ruthless British lieutenant, soon turns into a “civilising” raid across the vast expanses of  Patagonia. The screenplay was written by Gálves with Antonia Girardi. Camilo Arancibia and Alfredo Castro were among the cast appearing in front of the camera in Chile. "The Settlers" is a production of Chile’s Quijote Films in co-production with Cologne-based Sutor Kolonko, Quiddity (GB), Ciné-sud (FR), SnowGlobe (DK), and Rei Cine (AR). The Filmstiftung backed the international co-production in the “Vereinfachte Förderung” programme with 70,000 Euros. MK2 Films is handling international sales.