Ernesto is a respected hunting guide in Patagonia, where he lives with his new family. After the loss of his first wife, he is forced to house his teenage son (Nahuel), whom he hasn’t seen for more than a decade.
Confronted with the past he left behind, Ernesto struggles to contain the violent outbursts of his son. Without the sympathy of his new family, Nahuel stretches the conflict with his father to a limit.
In the hostility of nature, resentment gives way in to a possible relationship between these two men. The reunion will confront them with their own hability to kill and forgive.
Logline: A respected hunting guide in Patagonia is faced with the education of his biological son recently expelled from school.
In a wild environment, the father tames his son and teaches him how to respect nature and human relationships.
Argentina/USA/France/Germany/Qatar – 2017 – 105 min – 1:2.35 – 5.1- Spanish
Original title: Temporada de Caza
Santiago Gallelli, Matías Roveda, Benjamin Domenech, Gonzalo Tobal
Gamechanger Films, Augenschein Filmproduktion, Les Films de l’Étranger
DOP: Fernando Lockett
Production Designer: Marina Raggio
Sound Designer: Santiago Fumagalli
Costume Designer: Victoria Nana
Line Producer: Fernando Méndez
Assistant Director: Bruno Roberti
Editor: Gonzalo Tobal
Germán Palacios (XXY by Lucia Puenzo) as Ernesto Ayala
Lautaro Bettoni as Nahuel Ayala
Boy Olmi as Bautista
Rita Pauls as Clara
2012 Mares and Parakeets (short film) – Cannes Critic’s Week
2014 Sundays (short film) – Cannes Directors’Fortnight
Festivals and Awards
World Premiere: Venice Critic’s Week- Official Competition – Audience Award
San Sebastian: Horizontes Latinos
Chicago International Film Festival – in Competition
Sao Paulo – New Directors’s Competition
Bratislava –in Competition
Zagreb –in Competition
Tallinn Black Nights – Panorama
Macao IFFAM – Asian Premiere –Best Feature Film Award
La Habana Cuba –in Competition
Dubai – in Competition
“intense father-son drama is played out against the wilds of Patagonia”
“Hunting Season benefits from the approach of its director which has a welcome dramatic maturity and lightness of touch” SCREEN
“…a solid and convincing result, and as the characters grow by showing their true identities (…)” CINEUROPA
“A well-crafted if fundamentally familiar tale of a hot-head belatedly coming of age with tough-love help from his crusty old man, the Argentinian production made a buzzy debut in Venice, winning the audience award in the Critics’ Week sidebar”. THR