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Carretera Austral - Vorstoß ins Herz Patagoniens

Chile’s Route 7 or Carretera Austral is an expression of mankind’s unstoppable drive for conquest. The road is meant to connect the centre of the country with its southern tip. For almost 50 years construction is in progress and yet it is far from completion. On Chile`s narrow territory the way south is blocked by rainforest, steep mountains, fjords and a huge ice field.

The road brings transformation into Patagonia’s wilderness. The documentary explores these changes through personal accounts of people living and working in this region – among them a retired general from Augusto Pinochet’s military junta, a Chilean cowboy, descendants of German settlers and other residents with fascinating stories about life along the Carretera Austral.

Basic information

Genre: Dokumentarfilm, Spielfilm, Reportage, Roadmovie, Wissenschaftsfilm

Production year: 2017
Running Time: 50:22 min.

Original language: Deutsch


Director: Malte Schumacher, Johannes Preuss
Film Music: Max Clouth
Sounddesign: Johannes Schelle, Udo Waldeck
Sound: Julius Sturm, Malte Schumacher
Editing: Manuel Sosnowski
Motion Design: Timm Völkner
Executive Producer: Malte Schumacher
Production Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Narrator/Voice Actor: Helge Sidow, Jo Jung


Ludwigsburg NaturVision Filmfestival 2019
Ludwigsburg NaturVision Filmfestival 2018

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien