USA Premiere

Following the film, AFI FEST Lead Screening Committee Member Cedar Sherbert leads a conversation between filmmaker Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf and cinematographer Alberto Balazs.

Nestled deep in the remote Argentinian mountainside lives a llama herder with his family. He regularly travels the arduous route over the rugged terrain with his son to sell hides and meat in the nearest city, but their livelihood is threatened when the animals begin to die, attacked by an unseen puma. Following local custom, the father will present the puma with an offering, undertaking a spiritual journey that will connect him with his ancestors. With an incredible cast of indigenous non-actors and through immersive cinematography and sound design, Alejandro Telemaco Tarraf’s astounding feature debut combines documentary realism with the supernatural beauty of the landscape to weave a fantastic and enigmatic fable of majestic proportions. –Malin Kan

Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf is an Argentinian director and cinematographer. He studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires. His films have played and received awards at international film festivals including Rotterdam, Bafici, Fribourg, Ficunam, Busan, Visions Du Reel and ICA – London.

Alberto Balazs


Country: Argentina, Mexico, Qatar, UK

Year: 2020

Director: Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf

Screenwriters: Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf, Lucas Distefano

Producers: Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf, Alberto Balazs

Executive Producer: Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf

Director of Photography: Alberto Balazs

Editor: Alejandro Telémaco Tarraf

Production Designer: Eva Knutsdotter Vikstrom

Music: Eva Knutsdotter Vikstrom

Cast/Featuring: Lucia Bautista, Gregorio Ramos, Ricardo Fidel Tolaba, Maykol Tolaba

Running Time (minutes): 72

Languages: Spanish, Quechua