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High in the majestic Andes of Peru, silent but deadly traces of mercury, remnants of long-ago silver mining, bring illness and death to a local village. Seeking retribution, the villagers mistakenly attribute the outbreak to Western doctors who work in the nearby mountains; violence ensues, and a doctor is killed.
Altiplano is the story of two women: Saturnina, the fiancé
of a villager killed by mercury poisoning; and Grace, a shellshocked war photographer who is also the wife of the dead doctor. As Grace sets out on a journey of mourning to the place of her husband’s death, Saturnina takes drastic action to protest the endless violations against her people and her land. As their destinies merge, this lyrical and probing film explores our divided but inextricably linked world.
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What the Critics are Saying
"Filled with mythic style and magical thinking. Undeniably gorgeous and frequently stunning!" - The New York Times
"Gorgeous and quietly surreal. The filmmakers conjure haunting, beautiful visions." - National Public Radio
"A tour de force! Masterfully crafted. The beauty of it lies in the lyrical storytelling,
silence and realization that lurking beneath every beautiful
image is something else seething to get out." - Moving Pictures Magazine
"A masterful, brilliant film! Each stunning shot is composed like an individual work
of art – an unparalleled cinematic experience that is nothing short of breathtaking! It melds Bergman and Fellini with
Kubrick and Solanas, resulting in an unforgettable portrait of love and loss, faith and fate." - This Week in New York