Notas para una película

Year2022 Duration105' Projection formatDCP Colourblack & white LanguageFrench-Spanish-Mapudungun (Mapuche) AddressIgnacio Agüero

IDFA, Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar de Plata, Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia, Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine de La Habana

Spanish première

From the diary texts of Gustave Verniory, who came to Chile in 1889 to built the first railroad in the almost virgin Mapuche territory; la Araucania, a cinematographic space that plays with time, is drawn, in a path that meanders between human landscape and geography, creating a universe from which one can look, at the same time, at this devastated territory and the experience of living in this world. It is the game of making a film to approach the world and cinema itself.


Gustave Verniory wrote Diez años en Araucanía. 1889-1899 about a decade he spent in Chile beginning when he was just under twenty-three and an engineer there to develop a railway network. He found himself in a country he thought was exotic, and soon learned was more than just the backdrop for his adventures. Notas para una película [Notes for a Film] is one of those films that takes a "What if...?" that comes true. What would happen if we could make two times -past and present- coexist, if we could tell those in the past what they did not know or not hear then. What would happen if author and character, one from the 19th century and the other in the 21st, could take the train of history, the one that's never supposed to come along twice. Agüero and Verniory travel Araucania recreating memories and seeking out others that weren't there before. They roam about in search of the film (unless the film finds them first), travelling through space but also time. they go to a Mapuche lof to visit those who were displaced then, to talk to a place where memory is oral, where the record of a genocide travels in the form of family and community memories. A film made of books, places and other films, objects that could have witnessed that was and is done in the name of progress. A far-off past that is tied in a flash to the most recent past.

Lucía Salas

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Gobierno de Navarra
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Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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