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Altiplano-Movie Review *** 06/10/2012

Posted by Films to consider in Bangkok International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Ghent International Film Festival, Jessica Woodworth, Lucania Film Festival, Olivier Gourmet, Peter Brosens, Torun International Film Festival, Virton Festival of European Cinema.
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Altiplano (Peruvian/Spanish/Belgian/French) 2009
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WINNER, Golden Kinnaree for Environmental Awareness, Bangkok International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Critic’s Week, Cannes Film Festival
WINNER, Best Cinematography, Lucania Film Festival
WINNER, Special Jury Award, Torun International Film Festival
WINNER, Grand Prix, 30th Virton Festival of European Cinema
NOMINATED, Grand Prix, Best Film (Brosens and Woodworth), Ghent International Film Festival

Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth
Starring Magaly Solier, Jasmin Tabatabai, and Olivier Gourmet

A thought-provoking, mystical, and powerful film about the impact of indiscriminate plundering of environmental resources. The lives of retired war photographer Grace (Tabatabai) and soon-to-be-married villager Saturnina (Solier) cross in the Altiplano section of Peru, as both try to cope with the loss of a loved one. Saturnina chooses to protest the illnesses and deaths that are occurring in her village of Turubamba in a traditional manner.

Altiplano (in English, High Plateau) refers to a region of the Andes Mountains in southeastern Peru and western Bolivia. The film has garnered some lesser-known awards for independent films. Magaly Solier starred in another film I’d recommend, Milk of Sorrow (review not posted yet); Gourmet plays the father in 2008 quirky film, Home.

Highly recommended.

109 min. Not rated. Adult themes.