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The Settlers

Los Colonos

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Chile, 1901. Intent on expanding his holdings, notorious cattle rancher José Menéndez (Alfredo Castro) dispatches a trio of gunmen to the southern reaches of Tierra del Fuego to scout and scourge the land. A former British infantryman, MacLennan (Mark Stanley) has nominal command, though rancid American roughneck Bill (Benjamin Westfall) has his own ideas about that, while mestizo Segundo (Camilo Arancibia) knows a word out of place could result in a bullet in his back. Their odyssey across a forbiddingly harsh, ugly-beautiful terrain includes tense, fractious encounters with other colonists and bloody skirmishes with indigenous groups. Evocative of the work of Cormac McCarthy in its commitment to brutal truth-telling (although much of the violence takes place off-screen, it doesn’t feel that way) this South-western makes no bones about its searing critique of white supremacist foundational myths; myths that apply right across the Americas. What’s most impressive, though, is the stunning, elemental imagery limned by DP Simone D’Arcangelo and Harry Allouche’s striking, scratchy score. The Settlers can be a hard ride, but it’s not one you’ll forget in a hurry.


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Alfredo Castro, Mark Stanley, Benjamin Westfall, Camilo Arancibia

Country of Origin







In Spanish and English with English subtitles

Content Warning

Racist Content, Colonial Violence, Sexual Violence

97 min
Action & Suspense Drama

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Executive Producer

Fernando Bascuñán, Alex C. Lo, Constanza Erenchun, Amy Gardner


Giancarlo Nasi, Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, Emily Morgan, Thierry Lenouvel, Stefano Centini, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Kristina Börjeson, Anthony Muir, Ingmar Trost, Fernando Bascuñán


Felipe Gálvez Haberle, Antonia Girardi


Simone D’Arcangelo


Matthieu Taponier

Production Design

Sebastián Orgambide


Felipe Galvez headshot

Felipe Gálvez

Felipe Gálvez (b. 1983) is a Chilean filmmaker, writer and editor based in Paris. The Settlers is his first feature as director.

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