The Settlers

Thursday 28th Mar

€9 / €7 (conc.)


In his searing directorial debut, Chilean director Felipe Gálvez Haberle frames the birth of his homeland through the singular, agonizing experience of a young mixed-race man named Segundo, who’s sent – alongside a reckless British lieutenant and an American mercenary – on a bloody expedition across the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.

Tasked with securing the vast state-appointed property of the rich landowner José Menendez to open a new trade route to the Atlantic, tensions rise in the group as it becomes clear their true mission is to murderously “remove” the indigenous population.

Using the talents of experienced and first-time actors, it is a tale told in three parts; an acclaimed frontier epic set against an immense, fertile territory.

Festival & Awards

Cannes Film Festival, 2023 – Winner – FIPRESCI Prize
Toronto International Film Festival 2023
BFI London Film Festival 2023


★★★★ The writer-director and his cinematographer, Simone D’Arcangelo, evoke spaghetti westerns with wide-angle vistas of forbidding horizons. Odd moments of Quentin Tarantino-style playfulness add to the unease” –  Tara Brady, The Irish Times

“The Settlers shows promise: it’s the work of a daring director intent on developing a distinctive and original voice.” – Wendy Ide, Screen International

★★★★ It’s a fierce, stark, almost primitive parable of cruelty and power..” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Film Info

97 mins | Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom,Taiwan, Germany, Sweden, France, Denmark | 2023 | Cert: 16

Felipe Gálvez Haberle

Sam Spruell, Mark Stanley, Alfredo Castro