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Sebastián Peña Escobar
Paraguay, Uruguay, France
2023
87 min
World Premiere
International Competition
Synopsis

The vast Gran Chaco natural region in Paraguay is under serious threat from large-scale deforestation and wildfires. Filmmaker Sebastian Peña Escobar travels with the German entomologist Ulf Drechsel and the Paraguayan ornithologist Jota Escobar to this vulnerable, flammable area, which looks like an apocalyptic landscape with red dirt roads and dry thorny trees.

Along the way, the men philosophize and discuss the state of the region, humanity and the earth in general. Almost cheerfully and with heavy irony, the three men in this buddy movie come to the harsh conclusion that we are doomed. The black humor and dynamics between the scientist friends and the curious filmmaker are positively infectious.

The journey becomes increasingly feverish, partly because of the rugged landscape and the conversations themselves, but also due to the progressively reddening images and intense, at times nightmarish, sound design. But at the same time, this film about climate change is an adventurous declaration of love for nature, which is as fragile as it is resilient.

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Credits
87 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Spanish, Guarani
Director
    Sebastián Peña Escobar
    Sebastián Peña Escobar
Production
    Sebastián Peña Escobar for La Babosa Cine S.A.,
    Marcelo Martinessi for La Babosa Cine S.A.,
    Agustina Chiarino for Bocacha Films,
    Fernando Epstein for Mutante Cine,
    Xavier Rocher for La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma,
    Marina Perales Marhuenda for La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma
    Sebastián Peña Escobar for La Babosa Cine S.A.,
    Marcelo Martinessi for La Babosa Cine S.A.,
    Agustina Chiarino for Bocacha Films,
    Fernando Epstein for Mutante Cine,
    Xavier Rocher for La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma,
    Marina Perales Marhuenda for La Fabrica Nocturna Cinéma
Executive producer
    Sebastián Peña Escobar
    Sebastián Peña Escobar
Cinematography
    Pascual Glauser
    Pascual Glauser
Editing
    Fernando Epstein
    Fernando Epstein
Sound
    Rafael Álvarez
    Rafael Álvarez
Sound Design
    Rafael Álvarez
    Rafael Álvarez
Music
    Ismael Pinkler
    Ismael Pinkler
Screenplay
    Sebastián Peña Escobar
    Sebastián Peña Escobar
Screening copy
    Bocacha Films
    Bocacha Films

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