Films

Hunting Season

Hunting Season, "Temporada de Caza"

Synopsis

Director

Nahuel (Lautaro Bettoni) lives in Buenos Aires with his stepfather after his mother’s death. After being involved in a violent event, he is expelled from his school, and now, for the first time, he has to go and live with his estranged biological father, Ernesto (Germán Palacios, Possible Lives, XXY), a hunting guide in Patagonia. The two of them have never had any actual relationship, as it has been more than a decade since they last saw each other. Nahuel’s rebelliousness and Ernesto’s harshness will combine to strike up a new father-son relationship during the hunting season.

„Hunting Season“ is a multi-layered coming-of-age film, and Garagiola convincingly handles all of its various elements. As expected, Nahuel, who is realistically portrayed by debutant Bettoni, must go through the rites of passage that lead to adulthood. This process is a natural trigger of events, so anything can happen, owing to his age and temper, not to mention his grief. Surprisingly, Ernesto is also obliged to change and inevitably mature by allowing himself to be exposed. This will be the only way to forge the much-needed relationship with his distant son. Everything is so fragile that any kind of mishandling could destroy them. In contrast to the harsh, cold forest, Nahuel and Ernesto need to incubate their deepest feelings for one another and, at the same time, try to remain emotionally invulnerable by burying their fears of loss.
Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org

Natalia Garagiola

(b. 1982, Buenos Aires) graduated from Universidad del Cine, where she later has taught classes. She has written and directed three fiction short films: „Rincón de López“ (2011), released at BAFICI; „Yeguas y cotorras“ (2012) premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week, and „Sundays“ (2014), a Danish co-production premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight as a part of the Nordic Factory programme. Her latest film „Hunting Season“ premiered at Venice Critics Week, where it won the SIAE Audience Award.

Filmography

  • Temporada de Caza (The Hunting Season, 2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
21:15 - 22:55
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 021104
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20.11.2017
19:15 - 20:55
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 041802
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01.12.2017
19:45 - 21:25
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 150702
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: Argentina, United States, France, Germany, Qatar
Year: 2017
Duration: 100 minutes
Language: Spanish
Director: Natalia Garagiola
Producers: Santiago Gallelli, Benjamín Domenéch, Jonas Katzenstein, Maximilian Leo, Philippe Avril, Catharina Schreckenberg
Writer:  Natalia Garagiola
DOP: Fernando Lockett
Montage: Gonzalo Tobal
Cast: Lautaro Bettoni, Germán Palacios, Boy Olmi
Productions: Rei Cine, Les Films de L’Etranger, Augenschein Filmproduktion
Festivals: Venice, Hamburg, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

Nahuel (Lautaro Bettoni) lives in Buenos Aires with his stepfather after his mother’s death. After being involved in a violent event, he is expelled from his school, and now, for the first time, he has to go and live with his estranged biological father, Ernesto (Germán Palacios, Possible Lives, XXY), a hunting guide in Patagonia. The two of them have never had any actual relationship, as it has been more than a decade since they last saw each other. Nahuel’s rebelliousness and Ernesto’s harshness will combine to strike up a new father-son relationship during the hunting season.

„Hunting Season“ is a multi-layered coming-of-age film, and Garagiola convincingly handles all of its various elements. As expected, Nahuel, who is realistically portrayed by debutant Bettoni, must go through the rites of passage that lead to adulthood. This process is a natural trigger of events, so anything can happen, owing to his age and temper, not to mention his grief. Surprisingly, Ernesto is also obliged to change and inevitably mature by allowing himself to be exposed. This will be the only way to forge the much-needed relationship with his distant son. Everything is so fragile that any kind of mishandling could destroy them. In contrast to the harsh, cold forest, Nahuel and Ernesto need to incubate their deepest feelings for one another and, at the same time, try to remain emotionally invulnerable by burying their fears of loss.
Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org

Natalia Garagiola

(b. 1982, Buenos Aires) graduated from Universidad del Cine, where she later has taught classes. She has written and directed three fiction short films: „Rincón de López“ (2011), released at BAFICI; „Yeguas y cotorras“ (2012) premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week, and „Sundays“ (2014), a Danish co-production premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight as a part of the Nordic Factory programme. Her latest film „Hunting Season“ premiered at Venice Critics Week, where it won the SIAE Audience Award.

Filmography

  • Temporada de Caza (The Hunting Season, 2017)