Spanish with English subtitles/ 109′
Director/Writer: Salvador del Solar
An unexpected turn of destiny places Celina (Magaly Solier) into the taxi cab of Magallanes (Damián Alcázar); he recognizes her immediately. He met her in Ayacucho many years ago when he was a soldier in the Peruvian Army and she was a suspected Shining Path member. She doesn’t recognize him, but he’s been unable to forget her. He follows her for a while, discovering that she’s being pressed by a moneylender who threatens to take away her hairdressing business. Magallanes will do everything he can to help. But Celina would rather lose everything she has achieved than accept his help. Magallanes is a riveting drama of individual lives caught up in the wake of historical conflicts and how the past is never really that far from the present.
“Alcázar, Solier and Luppi are all outstanding, each of them bringing subtle touches that have the ring of truth to their damaged characters. They fit in perfectly with del Solar’s appropriately melancholy atmosphere, making Magallanes a pleasure to watch.” VIFF
Magallanes (protagonizado por Damián Alcázar), ve subir en su taxi a Celina, una mujer que conoció en Ayacucho muchos años atrás, cuando él era un soldado y ella una campesina menor de edad. Ella no lo reconoce, pero él no ha podido olvidarla. Tras seguirla a escondidas, descubre que está siendo presionada por una prestamista que amenaza con despojarla de su peluquería. Magallanes hará todo lo posible por ayudarla. Pero Celina preferiría perderlo todo antes que dejarse ayudar por él.
Producers: Salvador del Solar, Amador del Solar
Cinematographer: Diego Jiménez
Editor: Eric Williams
Cast: Damián Alcázar, Magaly Solier, Federico Luppi
Salvador del Solar (Lima, Peru, 1970) first gained international recognition for his starring role in Francisco Lombardi’s Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (2000), based on the novel by Mario Vargas Llosa. From 2003 to 2004, he presented the political TV talk-show Esta Semana on Peruvian television. Magallanes is his first feature film as writer and director.