Historiographic data, archive material, interviews, fictional essays. Through precise cinematographic procedures, Ignacio Agüero blends his own notes with his character’s diary. The film tells the story of Gustave Verniory, a young Belgian engineer who, in the late 19th century, was tasked with building a railway section to link Chile’s central and southern regions. Parallel to the fascination of discovering the allure and power of the recently pacified territory of Araucanía, we find a raw portrait of the forced and violent inclusion of the Mapuche Nation in the Chilean national project. (G.P.)
Ignacio Agüero was born in Santiago, Chile in 1952. He is a film director, mainly of documentary films, and titular professor at the University of Chile. He has been an actor in numerous films, including several by Raúl Ruiz. His films, such as "One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train" (1988), "Dreams of Ice" (1993, Olhar '19) and "I Never Climbed the Provincia" (2019), have been screened in several important film festivals and won numerous awards.
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