A KING FOR THE PATAGONIA

UN REY PARA LA PATAGONIA

By Lucas TURTURRO

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Documentary - Completed 2010

In 1971 the graphic artist Juan Fresán set out to make a film about the incredible story of Orélie Antoine de Tounens, the crazy French man who 100 years before had proclaimed himself as "King of Patagonia and Araucania" with his own constitution, currency and ministers

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lucas TURTURRO
    • Writer(s)
    • Christian FERRER, Lucas TURTURRO
    • Producer(s)
    • Andrea BRUNO (Geometras del Sr.Sur)
    • Synopsis
    • In 1971 the graphic artist Juan Fresán set out to make a film about the incredible story of Orélie Antoine de Tounens, the crazy French man who 100 years before had proclaimed himself as "King of Patagonia and Araucania" with his own constitution, currency and ministers. The was called La Nueva Francia bus was never finished, first for lack and funding, and later because his author had to go into exile in Venezuela. If for many of you this souds familiar, it's because in the 1980's Carlos Sorin made A King and His Movie inspired by that frustrated shoot where he worked as a cinematographer. In 2004, Fresán contacted Lucas Turturro to help him to rescue the film footage that was preserved. Fresán died in July of that same year, but Turturro decided to follow the trail of that truncated film and recovering unseen material, going back to the original locations and gathering testimonies to shed light on the two tales-one inside the other- that make up this true story, one that's stranger and more fascinating then any fiction.
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