Programmed by Lysa Heurtier Manzanares
“La vida en común” portrays the life of an indigenous community in the deserted plains of western Argentina. When a puma comes dangerously close to the village of Nación Ranquel, Uriel, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, hesitates about joining his friends as they set out to hunt it.
"All we could see were lights". The children live lost in the depths of the countryside in houses with futuristic architecture. In this parallel world depicted by the Argentinian director, youngsters like Uriel play and follow the older boys and girls hunting the puma. They get lost in landscapes that look like paintings, navigating from one beam of light to another, from the warm glow of the sun to the furtive flashes of thunderstorms, from the pale screen of the camera with which they film their tracking, guided by torches and the headlights of pick-up trucks, to the eyes of sheep that gleam in the black night, from the blue neon lights of a party to the bonfires of burning grasses that rise up into the sky. To the rhythm of Uriel’s voice, the story of the hunt is transformed into an immersive animal experience that opens with "If I were a puma…"
Lysa Heurtier Manzanares