AMONG THE MOUNTAIN RANGES

OJO DE MAR

By Pavel TAVARES, Benjamín GARAY

FILMSTOFESTIVALS - as SALES / DISTR ARGENTINA

Social issues - Completed 2019

Among the mountains of Northern Neuquén, a syncretic culture struggles to not disappear. The four seasons mark the inhabitants’ pace, with their rituals and routines pierced through by diverse changes. A hypnotic experience of resistance and beauty, of solitude and nostalgia, of life and death.

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& Awards

Ventana Sur 2019
BAFICI (Buenos Aires) 2019
Festival de Cine Latinoamericano de Trieste 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Art - Culture, Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA, CHILE, BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • SPANISH-ARGENTINE
    • Duration
    • 67 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pavel TAVARES, Benjamín GARAY
    • Writer(s)
    • Pavel TAVARES, Benjamín GARAY
    • Producer(s)
    • Lincoln BROWN VARAS
    • Synopsis
    • Among the Andes and Viento Mountain Ranges, there is a distinctive life, with cultural practices that resist the passage of time and social changes, conserving their uniqueness. The transhumance, the old shepherds, the original cueca singers, the religious festivals and nature distinguish this region, so different in each season of the year. In the spring the transhumant go with their animals to the high peaks to feed on the best grass, spending nights and days with their herd to return in the late summer to their town or home. Meanwhile, the cueca is sung in their houses. In summer, the festival of San Sebastián gathers different people, locals, and tourists, in a great pilgrimage of the faith, where the inhabitants of the region express their culture and share with each other the daily idiosyncrasies in a ritual way. In the fall, incarceration in homes is intimate and silent. The trashumante, the singer and the other inhabitants take shelter in their houses, in calm with shades of melancholy, with simplicity and small joys. Of solitude, calm and wait. In the intense winter, of snow and silence, the animals huddle to face the cold. Space and time come together in an atmosphere of discretion, stealth, as if something hidden is all around, enigmatic. The migrant walks to a frozen lake and disappears into the mist. Only his footsteps are heard, disappearing, mixed with the winter sounds. The mountains are imposed. Silence. Dream. Between the Mountain Ranges is an observational documentary that tries to transport the viewer to the reality that represents, with its temporality and feelings.
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