Written by Laurence Coriat
Cinematography by Robbie Ryan
Original music by Joseph Loduca
Cast: Matthew Rhys, Marta Lubos, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Nia Roberts
UK, 2010, The Little Film Company, 35mm, color, 119 min.
Welsh and Spanish with English Subtitles
A rare example of recent Welsh-language cinema, Marc Evans' PATAGONIA is a unique glimpse into one of the more unusual chapters of both Welsh and Argentine history. Against the backdrop of Y Wladfa (the Welsh settlement in Argentine Patagonia), twin narratives follow a young Welsh-speaking couple to the wind-swept landscapes of Patagonia, while an elderly Welsh-Argentine woman heads to Wales with her reluctant young neighbor.
Gorgeously shot by Robbie Ryan (WUTHERING HEIGHTS), the scarred landscapes of Patagonia and the verdant Welsh Valleys provide the perfect canvas for this classically realized, passionate film. PATAGONIA reminds us of the bittersweet ways we remain tethered to home, and the wrenching desire to leave. Justifiably, the film recently won a swathe of awards at BAFTA Cymru, the Welsh equivalent of the Oscars.