During an Atlantic crossing, Farrel asks the captain of the freighter he is sailing on for permission to go ashore at the next port of call: he wants to visit the place where he was born to find out if his mother is still alive. Farrel has been a seaman for 20 years. He has always drunk himself blind and paid for the women he slept with. He never made a friend. When he reaches the snowbound town where he lived his early childhood years, he discovers that his mother is still alive but also that there’s another member to the family.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1975, Lisandro Alonso studied film at the Universidad del Cine (FUC). After working as an assistant soundman on Pablo Trapero’s El Bonaerense and Mundo Grúa and assistant director on Nicolás Sarquís’s Sobre la tierra, he made his first feature film, La Libertad (2001), which was screened at Cannes that year (Un Certain Regard). In 2003, he founded 4L, a production company based in Buenos Aires to produce his own films. In 2004 and 2006, respectively, he returned to Cannes with Los Muertos and Fantasma, both in the Directors’ Fortnight.
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