Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf's visionary fable about Fidel, a native llama herder struggling to protect his livestock from an unseen puma in the Argentine Andes, has drawn comparisons to the work of Carlos Reygadas and Terrence Malick. Documentary-like early scenes establish the rhythm of working life for the highland community, which then give way to more dreamlike fantasy sequences after Fidel takes part in a traditional ceremony intended to placate the mysterious puma. The gorgeous widescreen lensing by cinematographer Alberto Balazs and the immersive sound design by Leonardo Cauteruccio take full advantage of the cinematic form, and demand to be experienced on the big screen. Winner, Special Mention, 2020 Reykjavik International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2020 Rotterdam and AFI FEST film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf; SCR Lucas Distéfano; PROD Alberto Balazs. Argentina/Mexico/Qatar/UK, 2020, color, 82 min. In Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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