Regional Competition

Mother Lode

Matteo Tortone
Screening time  
08.04. / Friday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 2 Ticket
09.04. / Saturday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 5 Ticket

Jorge leaves his family and his moto-taxi business in the suburbs of Lima to seek fortune as a miner, reaching the highest and most dangerous Andean goldmine in Peru. Due to the global economic crisis, La Rinconada, “the closest city to the sky”, attracts thousands of seasonal workers like Jorge, seeking a lucky strike and a better life. Here starts a journey full of presages, where reality blends with magic, and where the myth of richness is built over a sacrifice. Every now and then, miners mysteriously disappear: since gold belongs to the Devil, El Tio de la Mina requires sacrifices. The director Matteo Tortone turns the mirror back on us, suggesting that our world contributes to this hell.


Matteo Tortone

Born in Pinerolo in 1982, Matteo Tortone graduated in Literature at the Università degli Studi di Torino. In 2011 he realized and signed the cinematography of White Men, co-directed with Alessandro Baltera, which was presented at Festival dei Popoli di Firenze and which won the Jury Prize at the Kazan Film Festival. In 2012 he realized Swahili Tales, co-directed with Alessandro Baltera, a three-episode documentary film. In 2014 he signed the cinematography of Rada, which won the prize for Best Documentary at Torino Film Festival and for Best Cinematography at Krakow Film Festival. In 2015 he produced and signed the cinematography of A Bitter Story, which received Special Mention at the Torino Film Festival. In 2015 he directed On Opposite Fields, which won the prize for the Best Film at the Corto e Fieno Film Festival. In 2016 he signed the cinematography of Bar Malfé. In 2018 he signed the cinematography of Traverser. In 2016 he founded the production company Malfé Film. With his documentary Mother Lode, he won the Eurimages Lab Award.

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Mother Lode

France, Switzerland, Italy
2021, 87'

Directed by:
Matteo Tortone

Screenplay by:
Matteo Tortone, Mathieu Granier

Patrick Tresch

Edited by:
Enrico Giovannone

Ivan Pisino

Alexis Taillant, Nadège Labé, Margot Mecca, Benjamin Poumey

Produced by:
Wendigo Films

Festivals & Awards:

Venice FF (2021)
Doclisboa IFF (2021)
Thessaloniki DF (2021)
Docpoint Helsinki (2021)


Maria Lanfranchi