This film closely follows the daily routine of Misael, a woodchopper living in the remote Pampas region of Argentina. The movie plays out as a kind of poetic meditation pondering Michael’s Sisyphean work, starting from the moment he chooses a tree, until it is chopped down from the root, including the break in work for eating, sleeping or performing other bodily functions, and culminating in the selling of the trees and bargaining over their price. Lisandro Alonso’s debut film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 and won the prestigious critics’ award. In La Libretad (2001), Alonso establishes his unique cinematic language, which challenges and blurs the boundaries between narrative and documentary.

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Producer: Hugo Alberto Alonso | Script: Lisandro Alonso | Cast: Misael Saavedra, Humberto Estrada, Rafael Estrada, Omar Didino | Camera: Cobi Migliora | Editing: Lisandro Alonso, Martín Mainoli | Music: Juan Montecchia

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