The sins of the past force a painful reckoning in the present in “Magallanes,” a quietly gripping Peruvian thriller about old political wounds and the elusive quest for redemption. Repping an assured bow from Salvador del Solar, a veteran actor stepping behind the camera for the first time, the film follows a cabbie’s attempt to right a past injustice through desperate criminal acts, but his conscience isn’t so easily unburdened. Adapting Alonso Cueto’s novel “La pasajera,” del Solar turns the screws on the audience expertly, but the thriller elements never distract from the moral crisis of a man — and a country — whose decades-old mistakes cling to him like a tattoo. This Peru-Argentina-Colombia-Spain co-production has built-in appeal to Latin territories and festival showcases, but its accessibility and depth suggests an even broader audience
Salvador del Solar holds a master’s in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He was valedictorian from his Law School class at the Peruvian Catholic University. After graduating, he studied acting and has appeared in films such as The Vanished Elephant (2014), Greetings to the Devil(2011), and Pantaleon y las Visitadoras (2000). Television work includes Narcos (2015), and Comando Elite (2014). His stage work includes productions of Hamlet, King Lear, Twelfth Night, and Pillowman, among others. Magallanes (2015), his debut as writer and director of a feature film, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received five nominations, including best film, at the 2016 Ibero American Platino Awards. In 2016, he returned to Peru to join the government as Minister of Culture. He held the position until January of 2018.
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