Director: Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio
Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles | 101 min
‘Are you not happy working with him?’ · ‘I want to see other things.’ · ‘You will get lost out there.’ · ‘Why can the others go and I can’t?’ · ‘Because you are an artisan.’
14-year-old Segundo lives with his parents (his mother portrayed by the wonderful Magaly Solier) in a village high up in the Andes of Peru. His father, Noé, is a respected artisan and Segundo’s role model. With a meticulous eye for detail, Noé artfully crafts elaborate retablos (story-boxes) for local families, determined to pass on his deep knowledge of the craft to his son. Segundo reveres his father, but he struggles with whether he wants to follow in his footsteps. Though the background of their life is full of beauty—spectacular mountain views, vibrant towns and colourful festivals—the local culture can be extraordinarily unforgiving, especially when a secret about the family comes to light.
"Director Alvaro Delgado Aparicio captures the breathtaking scenery and Andes culture with real verve, but the heartbreaking and unpredictable story itself—of love and loyalty, intolerance and injustice—is what makes Retablo so unforgettable." -InsideOut Toronto LGBT Film Festival
Teddy Newcomer Award for Best First Film, 2018 Berlin International Film Festival
Best Peruvian Feature Film, 2017 Lima Film Festival
Segundo Paucar, un joven de 14 años, está siendo entrenado por su padre, un maestro retablista Ayacuchano, para continuar con el legado familiar. Camino a una fiesta patronal, Segundo observa por accidente a su padre en un acto que hace que todo su mundo se le venga abajo. En un entorno tradicional y conservador, Segundo tratará de convivir en silencio con todo lo que le sucede.
Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio, a film director, he studied psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and innovation design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), before going on to attend the London Film Academy. After making two highly successful short films, Retablo is his debut feature. It was developed through the Sundance Feature Film Program Lab and screened at the 2017 Festival de Cine de Lima where it won the prize for Best Peruvian Film.
Álvaro's Filmography: Retablo (2017)