Rey de la Patagonia (en)

Rey de la Patagonia

Selection: 

Format: 

Feature film

Type: 

Fiction

Script writer(s): 

Pablo Agüero

Director: 

Pablo Agüero

Synopsis: 

Film based on a real story.  1860.

Horacio is a killer of Indians working for landowners. In a seaside pub, south of Chile, he meets Antoine, an eccentric Frenchman in search of a guide to explore Patagonia. Antoine wants to achieve the union of Mapuche tribes and create the kingdom of Patagonia. He pretends to be supported by the French government and to have a steady link with a big chief. But as a matter of fact, he is completely alone. Horacio accepts to go along with him in that utterly absurd adventure. But his actual aim is to take back his wife held back by the Indians. And to avenge her too. Nothing happened as they imagined. The camp they wanted to get to have been devastated by the Chilean army. The Mapuche Horacio wanted to kill and Antonio to be allied captured them into being slaves, working for the chief. An unexpected outburst of passions will be needed to invert parts once more, and the ephemeral miracle of the kingdom of Patagonia will happen.

Visual concept: 

Rather than a historical film, an immersion into more and more archaic territories where relations of humans between themselves and with nature are brought back to the main thing. I would like to find a Dzout of the worlddz feeling, to show that a space tour is also a time tour. We start from a more or less familiar and civilized setting of a pub to go down by degrees to the wild South, where we feel as if the origins of humanity were being relived. The characters are being transformed by this tour. They will find a communion with nature. They will discover their animal side and paradoxically, this way, their deep humanity.