The Settlers

Los Colonos

Director: Felipe Gálvez
Country: Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan, France, Denmark, Sweden

2023 | 97 min. | Spanish
Subtitles: English, German
FSK | Nicht geprüft / No clearance (18+)

Cast_ Mark Stanley, Camilo Arancibia, Benjamín Westfall, Alfredo Castro, Mishell Guaña Screenplay_ Felipe Gálvez, Antonia Girardi Camera_ Simone D’Arcangelo Producer_ Giancarlo Nasi, Benjamín Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, Emily Morgan, Thierry Lenouvel, Stefano Centini Rights_ MUBI

Three men and the abysses of a supposedly civilizing project – a South American western about a state’s cruel colonial origins.

Chile at the beginning of the 20th century. A large landowner commissions three men to survey the expanse of his land and scout out a direct route to the Atlantic Ocean. The party consists of a Chilean “half-breed”, a North American mercenary, and a heinous British lieutenant. Tensions between the three are inevitable. At some point, they come up against the indigenous population. What happens next defies description. - ›The Settlers‹ embarks on a search for the colonizing origins of a modern American state, showing how these are eventually buried under a mythology all its own. In magnificent Cinemascope-like landscape shots, the film takes up the great tradition of the US-American Western – only to use the wonderfully dirty colors of its imagery to slyly drag it through the mud.


Felipe Gálvez, born in 1983, is a Chilean filmmaker and writer. He is the editor of ›El Gran Movimiento‹, which screened at the 2021 IFFMH. ›The Settlers‹ is his first feature. His previous short films, such as ›Rapaz‹, were met with praise at prestigious international festivals.



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