Best Movies to Watch by Heinz K. Krattiger

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Horse riding. Gunslinging. Revenge and protection. These are notable elements in a Western, Spaghetti or otherwise. But rarely do these movies contemplate the indigenous tribes that originally lived in these desert towns, right before they were chased away and killed by white colonizers. Writer-director Felipe Gálvez Haberle takes these elements to showcase a new perspective in The Settlers, with mestizo Chilean sharpshooter Segundo forced to inflict atrocities onto his fellow native Chileans by the orders of a wealthy Spanish landowner, a British officer, and an American mercenary. The landscapes captured are sublime, the portraits are vignetted, but what’s most striking is the way Gálvez mixes in cinematic Western film style with real life colonial history, dramatic conflict with historical detail on a rarely discussed genocide.

Genre: Drama, Western

Actor: Agustín Rittano, Alfredo Castro, Benjamín Westfall, Camilo Arancibia, Heinz K. Krattiger, Luis Machín, Marcelo Alonso, Mariano Llinás, Mark Stanley, Sam Spruell

Director: Felipe Gálvez

Rating: NR