Manuel Bauer | Peru, Spain 2022 | 95 Min. | Spanish with Engl. subtitles

TUESDAY, 09.05. | 7:15pm
De France, Saal 1 | TICKETS

Austrian Premiere

© Manuel Bauer

A freight train makes its way across Peru in an incredible descent from the Andes, at an altitude of 4,800 metres, to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The freight: valuable minerals from the mining areas for the world market. The railroad that winds through breathtaking landscapes, is a lifeline, an economic necessity and at the same time a testimony to man’s exploitation of resources carried out at all costs. Mining promises stability and growth but also causes widespread environmental damage and social upheaval.

Like a road movie on rails, VIDA FERREA follows this route and tells in numerous encounters about the state of a country that is still trapped in a neocolonial system.

Director: Manuel Bauer
Camera: José Luis Salomón
Editing: Clara Martínez Malagelada, Manuel Bauer
Sound: David Romero, Ismael Calvo, David Mantecón
Production: Carlos Cárdenas, Alejandro Lázaro, Sandra Yépez, Manuel Bauer

Film Website

Visions du Reel – International Competition
Docs Barcelona
Al Este Lima, Provinziale
IDFA – Best of fests
Kasseler Doc Fest

Manuel Bauer was born in Lima, Perú, in 1974. He graduated in Communication Sciences at Lima University in 1997. Later he won a Fulbright scholarship to pursue an MA in Film at the New School University, in New York, from 1998 to year 2000, where he studied with Allan Berliner and discovered documentary from a new perspective. That year he moved to Madrid, Spain, and started working at the editorial department of several feature documentaries and fiction films. Among the directors he has worked with are Marcelo Piñeyro, David Baute, Belén Macías, Melina León and Alex de la Iglesia.