Fiction film / Germany – Belgium – Netherlands / 2009 / 105’

  • Author:Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
  • Director:Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth
  • DOP:Francisco Gózon
  • Editor:Nico Leunen
  • Distribution:Farbfilm
  • World Sales:Meridiana Films
  • Festivals:Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2009, Sydney IFF 2009, Bangkok IFF 2009 (Grand Prix), São Paulo IFF 2009, Hong Kong FF 2010

ALTIPLANO tells the story of the war photographer Grace who – devastated by a violent incident in Iraq – renounces her profession. Her Belgian husband, Max, is a cataract surgeon working at an eye clinic in the high Andes of Peru. Nearby, the villagers of Turubamba succumb to illnesses caused by a mercury spill from a local mine. Saturnina, a young woman in Turubamba, loses her fiancé to the contamination. The villagers turn their rage on the foreign doctors, and in the ensuing riot Max is killed. Saturnina takes drastic measures to protest against the endless violations towards her people and their land. Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of Max’s death.

In co-production with ZDF in collaboration with arte, VRT, Bo Films (BE), Entre Chien et Loup (BE), Lemming Film (NL), Cinecorp (Peru). Supported by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (BE), Nederlands Fonds Voor Film, La Région Wallonne (BE), Centre du Cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la communauté francaise de Belg et des Télédistributeurs Wallons (BE), Eurimages, 121 Audiovisual, Tax Shelter ING of Tax Shelter Productions (BE) and Tax Shelter National Lottery of Belgium. Development supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.