The Settlers

Los Colonos

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

In late 19th century Chile, three horsemen are hired by a wealthy landowner to mark the perimeter of his extensive property. Before long, this administrative mission will turn into a blood-soaked hunt of the region's inhabitants. The striking film The Settlers (winner of the FIPRESCI Prize in the “Un Certain Regard” section at the recent Cannes Film Festival) a dark and mesmerizing western with elements of horror, introduces us to an exceptional new directorial voice; Felipe Gálvez, who skillfully employs the codes of genre cinema to critique the atrocities of European colonialism that we cannot – and must not – forget. With its grandiose visual style, enigmatic rhythms, immersive atmosphere, and a brutally realistic depiction of violence, The Settlers recounts a true story steeped in blood and death: the massacre of Chilean indigenous people by Spanish landowners.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Felipe Gálvez
Script: Felipe Gálvez, Antonia Girardi
Cinematography: Simone D’Arcangelo
Editing: Matthieu Taponier
Sound: Tu Duu-Chi, Tu Tse Kang
Music: Harry Allouche
Actors: Mark Stanley, Camilo Arancibia, Benjamín Westfall, Alfredo Castro, Mishell Guaña, Agustín Rittano, Mariano Llinás, Sam Spruell, Adriana Stuven, Luis Machín, Marcelo Alonso
Production: Quijote Films, Rei Cine, Quiddity Films, Volos Films
Producers: Giancarlo Nasi, Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, Emily Morgan, Thierry Lenouvel, Stefano Centini
Co-production: Cinésud Production, Snowglobe, Film i Väst, Sutor Kolonko, Finite Films, MK2 Films
Co-producers: Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, Kristina Börjeson, Anthony Muir, Ingmar Trost, Fernando Bascuñán
Costumes: Muriel Parra
Production Design: Sebastián Orgambide
Executive producer: Fernando Bascuñán, Alex C. Lo, Constanza Erenchun, Amy Gardner
Make Up: Damián Brissio
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom, Taiwan, France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, USA
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 97'
Distribution in Greece: Danaos Films
Contact: mk2 Films
Awards/Distinctions: FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard) – Cannes Film Festival 2023, Best Direction (Narrative Fiction Jury) – Festival de Cine de Lima PUCP 2023

Felipe Gálvez

Felipe Gálvez (1983) is a Chilean filmmaker, writer, and editor based in Paris. The Settlers (2023) is his debut feature. His previous works include the short film Rapaz (2018), which also premiered at Cannes as part of the Critics' Week program. His other short films have been awarded by festivals around the world. As an editor, Felipe collaborated with filmmakers such as Marialy Rivas, Kiro Russo, and Alex Anwandter, among others.


2009 Silencio en la sala (short)
2011 Yo de aquí te estoy mirando (short)
2018 Rapaz (short)
2023 The Settlers