Viggo Mortensen is a distraught Danish military man searching his fugitive daughter in Lisandro Alonso’s breathtaking drama, set in nineteenth-century Patagonia.
- Director Lisandro Alonso
- Producers Lisandro Alonso, Viggo Mortensen, Ilse Hughan, Sylvie Pialat, Jaime Romandía, Andy Kleinman, Helle Ulsteen, Michael Weber, Ezequiel Borovinsky, Leandro Pugliese
- Screenwriters Fabián Casas, Lisandro Alonso
- With Viggo Mortensen, Viilbjørk Mallin Agger, Ghita Nørby
- Argentina-USA-Netherlands-France-Mexico-Denmark-Germany-Brazil 2014
- 101 mins
- UK distribution Soda Pictures
Danish engineer Captain Gunnar Dinesen (Viggo Mortenson) is stationed with the Argentine army in a remote corner of Patagonia. When his 15-year-old daughter Ingeborg elopes with a young soldier, the angry and distraught Dinesen begins an epic journey across a harsh, threatening landscape in the hope of tracking the couple down. For his fourth feature, maverick director Lisandro Alonso turns to a difficult period in Argentine history, the brutal 1882 campaign to eradicate the indigenous population from Patagonia. His painterly existential western, framed in a vintage 4:3 ratio, is a fable about filmmaking, colonialism, the formation of nation and a brilliant chronicle of Dinesen’s descent into a single-minded obsession as fierce and foreboding as that of Apocalypse Now’s deranged Kurtz. Mortensen excels as the quixotic Dinesen, who undertakes the arduous journey through mythical landscapes, where his idea of utopia remains forever out of reach.