In competition

Mother Lode

Directed by Matteo Tortone
France, Italy, Switzerland 2021
Runtime 86'

Jorge leaves his moto-taxi business in the suburbs of Lima and his family to seek fortune as a miner, reaching the highest and most dangerous Andean goldmine in Peru. Lost under a glacier in the mountains, La Rinconada is “the closest city to the sky”. It 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, 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.

Directed by
Matteo Tortone

Mathieu Granier, Matteo Tortone

Patrick Tresch

Enrico Giovannone

Ivan Pisino

Jean-Baptiste Madry

Assistant Director, Fixer
Andrea Balice

Cultural Mediator  
Ladoysca Romero

José Luis Nazario Campos, Damian Segundo Vospey, Maximiliana Campos Guzman, Juan José Nazario Campos, Juan Pedro Nazario Campos, Cristian Nazario Campos, Katerine Campos, Carla Fernanda Napoleon Vasquez, Andrea Balice

Nadège Labé e Alexis Taillant (Wendigo Films)

Margot Mecca (Malfé Film), Benjamin Poumey (C-Side Productions)

World Sales

Malfé Film
Margot Mecca

Press Office
Viviana Andriani (Rendez-Vous)


Matteo Tortone (1982) studied Literature at Turin University and then worked in the field of creative documentary as author, producer and d.o.p. He won the jury prize at the Kazan Film Festival (White Men, 2011 co-directed with Alessandro Baltera), best cinematography award at Krakow Film Festival (Rada, Alessandro Abba Legnazzi, 2014). Since 2016 he works as a producer at Malfé Film. In 2018 he signed the cinematography on Traverser After the crossing by Joel Akafou, which premiered at Berlinale – Panorama in 2020. He won the Eurimages Lab Award (Agora Work in Progress TIFF2019) with his film Mother Lode.