FRAGMENTS OF GRACE

By Peter BROSENS, Jessica WOODWORTH

MA.JA.DE FILM - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2008


    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • BELGIUM, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Peter BROSENS, Jessica WOODWORTH
    • Producer(s)
    • Heino DECKERT (MA.JA.DE)
    • Synopsis
    • High in the Andean mountains of Peru an international team of doctors has set up a temporary eye clinic to treat blindness in the local Indian population. Max (43), a Belgian ophthalmologist heading the team of doctors, videotapes images of the patients gathered around the clinic, many of whom wear eye patches. Saturnina (18), an Indian girl, and her younger brother Nilo (15), lead their blind mother down the steep mountainsides to the clinic where Max restores her sight. Their mother thanks him profusely since she will now be able to see her daughter marry. As Saturnina prepares for her wedding, the dreadful news arrives that her fiancé has been slain by a pishtaco, a terrifying figure lurking in the periphery of communities who slays Indians in order to sell their high-quality body fat to the mines for use in machinery. The villagers vigorously clean the home and clothes of the fiancé then lay his body out for the wake. Saturnina, ripped apart by sorrow, opens her brother’s beehives and covers herself with honey but the bees, oddly, don’t sting her. Soon after the funeral she gets hold of the eye doctor’s video camera. In her bedroom she serenely pulls on her wedding dress and sits herself in front of the camera. She speaks of the slow death of her people caused by the outside world, explains why her sacrifice is necessary and then commits suicide by drinking poison.
    • Partners & financing
    • MA.JA.DE Film Germany
      Bo Films Belgium
      Lemming Film Netherlands
      Media Programme
      VAF Development
    • Production schedule
    • shooting start 05/08
    • Beginning of shooting
    • May 01, 2008
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