EN - War photographer Grace, devastated after a violent incident in Iraq, renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband Max is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the Peruvian Andes. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to illnesses caused by a mercury spillage from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman, loses her fiancé to the contamination. Ignorant of its true source, the villagers turn their rage on the foreign doctors and, in the ensuing riot, Max is killed. Grace embarks on a journey of mourning to the place of Max’s death where she will find her destiny merged with that of Saturnina.

FR - Grace, une photographe de guerre abattue après un accident violent en Irak, renonce à sa profession. Son mari belge, Max, est un chirurgien spécialisé dans la cataracte qui travaille dans une clinique ophtalmologique dans les Hautes Andes du Pérou. A proximité, les villageois de Turubamba succombent aux maladies causées par un déversement de mercure provenant d’une mine locale. Saturnina, une jeune femme vivant à Turubamba, perd son fiancé à cause de la contamination. Ignorant la vraie origine de cette catastrophe, les villageois retournent leur rage contre le médecin étranger, et les émeutes entraînent la mort de celui-ci. Grace entreprend un voyage de deuil à l’endroit où Max est décédé. Saturnina prend quant à elle des mesures draconiennes pour protester contre les infractions sans fin à l’égard de son pays et de ses habitants. Les destins de Grace et de Saturnina se croiseront. Altiplano est un film lyrique et exploratoire sur notre monde à la fois divisé et inextricablement lié.

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Title Altiplano
Original title Altiplano
Original language Spanish, English, French, Quechua, Persian
Status Completed
Category Features
Year 2009

Credits

Cast Magaly Solier, Jasmin Tabatabai, Olivier Gourmet,
Photography Francisco Gozon
Editing Nico Leunen
Music Michel Schöpping
Associate producer (Lima) Daniel Rò

Technical specs

Running time film 109'
Release format 35mm
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CFWB, Wallimage, ING, Tax Shelter, National Lottery, MDM, MBB, NFF, EURIMAGES, MEDIA, ZDF/ARTE, VRT/Canvas, Kodak, Venice Film Festival, Cinemart, SACD

Festivals

2010: Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA)/ Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (IRL)/ Washington Environmental Film Festival (USA)/ Hong Kong International Film Festival (CHN)/ Febiofest International Film Festival Prague (CZE)/ Istanbul International Film Festival (TUR)/ CPH:PIX International Film Festival Copenhagen (DNK)/ Trento Film Festival (ITA)/ Skopje Film Festival (MKD)/ Seattle International Film Festival (USA)/ Kiev International Film Festival (UKR)/ Transilvania International Film Festival (RO)/ Montréal First People's Film Festival (CAN)/ International Human Rights Festival (BOL)/ Tofifest International Film Festival (POL)/ Taipei Film Festival (TWN)/ European Film Festival Palić (SRB)/ Durban International Film Festival (ZAF)/ Lucania Film Festival (ITA)/ Tricontinental Film Festival (ZAF)/ International Human Rights Film Festival (ALB)/ XVth Forum of European Cinema 'Cinergia' (POL)/ London Latin American Film Festival (UK)/ European Film Festival (PER)/ International Environmental Film Festival Kairouan (TUN)/ South Taiwan Film Festival (TWN)/ Avanca Film Festival (PRT)

Awards

2010: Nominated for ‘Best Coproduction’ & ‘Best Costumes’ (Magritte du Cinéma)/ Special Mention (Tofifest International Filmfestival)/ Best Cinematography (Lucania Film Festival)/ Nominated for 'Best Directors' (Vlaamse Filmprijzen)/ Best Feature, Best Actress (Avanca Film Festival)

2009: Grand Prix, Special Golden Kinnaree Award for Environmental Awareness (Bangkok International Film Festival) / Prix de la ville de Virton (Festival du Film Européen de Virton)

Brosens & Woodworth trilogy reaches number 35

The Fifth Season, the latest instalment in the trilogy directed by Belgian-American duo Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, has won the Special Jury Award at the Denver Film Festival (6-17 November), a mere week after the film also won in France. The new award marks the 35th international adornment for the ensemble KhadakAltiplano, and The Fifth Season.

The Fifth SeasonIn its jury report, the Denver jury accorded the Special Jury Award to The Fifth Season because of its ‘visionary creation of an imaginary, yet vivid and fully realised world inspired by our current sociological and environmental challenges’.

Published on Friday 22 November 2013

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Director Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Producers Peter Brosens
Writers Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
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