by Malena SZLAM
2018 / 35mm / color / sound / 1S / 15' 30

Filmed in the Andean Mountains in the traditional lands of the Atacameño, Aymara and Calchaquí-Diaguita in Northern Chile and Northwest Argentina, ALTIPLANO takes place within a geological universe of ancestral salt flats, volcanic deserts and coloured lakes. Fusing earth with sky, day with night, heartbeat with mountain and mineral with iridescent cloud, ALTIPLANO reveals a vibrating Ektachrome landscape in which a bright blue sun threatens to eclipse a blood-red moon.
Coupled with a natural soundscape generated from infrasound recordings of volcanoes, geysers, Chilean blue whales and more, ALTIPLANO makes use of in-camera editing to create evocative visual rhythms through the ecstatic clash of color and form. Landscapes pulse and stutter, transformed through 16mm pixelation and superimposition techniques into spaces that exist in a multitude of times simultaneously. Located at the heart of a natural ecosystem threatened by a century of saltpeter and nitrate mining practices and recent geothermic exploitation, ALTIPLANO reveals an ancient land standing witness to all that is, was and will be.

Image and Edit: Malena Szlam
Sound Design & Mix: James Benjamin, Mamo Koba and Malena Szlam (Breakglass Studios)
Sound Recording: Carlos Arias, James Benjamin, Susannah Buchan, Jacob Kirkegaard, Clive Oppenheimer and Ben Russell
Color Grading: Marc Boucrot (Film Factory)
Film Lab: Colorlab
Producers: Oona Mosna and Malena Szlam


distribution format 35mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
rental fee 130,00 €