Salar de Surire is a salt flat in Chile, mind situated at over 4, click 000 metres above sea level, near the Bolivian border. At this precious natural monument, one might come across flamingoes, vicuñas, llamas – and the noisy tractors and trucks of the mining industry.

This serene documentary by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff depicts a seemingly timeless place, where the park ranger orders his few groceries laboriously via a crackling radio. The insightful close-ups take turns with magnificent wide shots, leading the audience into this sun-drenched world.

Labour becomes the film’s theme. In the distance, the merciless machines keep digging, but the camera is more interested in the old, foul-mouthed woman, whose salt-hardened feet tell of a harsh life. The meditative film brings warmth into the chilly January of the North.

Marjo Pipinen / Translation: Liina Härkönen

Languages: Spanish, Aymara
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff
  • Country: Chile, Germany
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 80 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Pablo Valdés
  • Editing: Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff
  • Audio: Iván Osnovikoff, Roberto Espinoza
  • Production: Bettina Perut & Iván Osnovikoff / Perut + Osnovikoff


  • Cinema Artis hall 2: Sunday 31.01 - 14:30