Tepulpaï is a headstrong boy who dreams of becoming a shaman. As villagers are gathering to make an offering to the great spirit Pachamama, the ceremony is disrupted by an Incan overlord, who confiscates the town’s golden statue. Tepulpaï believes this is finally his chance to show his dedication to his people and sets off to bring back the invaluable token. Joined by his precocious friend Naira and her clever pet llama, Tepulpaï learns that his way is not always the best way. Meanwhile, Spanish soldiers have invaded with guns, destroying the village in their search for gold. Pachamama’s particular style of animation and use of vibrant colours are drawn from the jungle and mountain forests of the Andean altiplano. The soundtrack features pre-Columbian music using ancient water flutes, tambourines, and condor feathers. Academy and César Award-nominated Didier Brunner, producer of Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells (R2R ‘10), and Ernest & Celestine (R2R ‘13), delivers yet another culturally authentic voice in Juan Antin’s richly textured Andean fable.
Themes: ancient teachings, food preservation, friendship, traditional ways of life, farming and harvesting
Advisory: The Spanish invaders have intimidating armour and weapons, and they act violently toward villagers setting things on fire and pillaging
Pachamama will be preceded by the Closing Night Awards Presentation.