Chile, Argentina, Canada / 2018 / 16' / Italian premiere
Filmed in the Andean Mountains in Chile and Argentina, Altiplano takes place within a geological universe of ancestral salt flats, volcanic deserts, and coloured lakes. Fusing earth with sky, and coupled with an entirely natural soundscape, it creates evocative visual rhythms through the clash of color and form. Located at the heart of a natural ecosystem threatened by a century of mining practices and recent geothermic exploitation, the film reveals an ancient land standing witness to all that is, was and will be.
Malena Szlam is a Chilean artist and filmmaker living in Montreal. Working at the intersection of cinema, installation, and performance, her practice explores the relationship between the natural world, perception, and intuitive process. Her work has been exhibited in numerous festivals and museums including the Rotterdam, Toronto, New York, Hong Kong Film Festivals.
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