Prisoners of the Land
(Prisioneros de la tierra)
(Prisoners of the Earth)
Ángel Magaña, Elisa Galvé, Francisco Petrone, Homero Cárpena,
A passionate tropical noir that weaves its love triangle around greed, exploitation, and class struggle during the birth of contemporary Latin America, Prisoners of the Earth has been acclaimed as one of the greatest Argentine films. Set in the jungle province of Misiones in 1915, as its wildness is turned into profit by exploited plantation laborers, the film follows a proud worker, a ruthless foreman, and the woman torn between them. This restoration brings new life into every nightmarish close-up, powerful folk song, and descent into delirium in this classic of Argentina’s “social-folkloric” genre.