The Movie Teller

Moving drama by Lone Scherfig (An Education) about a young woman who uses her talent as a storyteller to tell the inhabitants of a poor mining town in Chile about the wonderful films she has seen in the cinema.

Please note that this film is in Spanish, with Dutch subtitles.
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In the nitrate salt flats of Chile’s Atacama Desert, mine workers have created a community amidst a harsh, precarious life in the driest place on Earth. For María Magnolia, wife to one such miner, the desire for something more than just hardship runs deep. Her passion and sophisticated taste for film, music, and entertainment enchants Nansen, the mine’s soft-spoken, but respected, administrator. It also signals her secret longing to fulfill her dream of pursuing the arts. After a while, she is painfully compelled to leave her family behind in search of the bright lights of the big city.

Left behind is her daughter, María Margarita, who has inherited her mother’s love for movies. She’s also a gifted performer, transforming herself on stage when she recounts to her family (who can only afford one ticket among them) the pictures she has seen in the town’s cinema. Soon she becomes the community’s most prominent star. As the ‘movie teller’ she transports her audience to the new, exotic, and epic worlds she discovers onscreen, allowing them to escape their daily lives. (source:

Lone Scherfig, France, Spain, Chile, 2023, 116 min. Spanish spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Bérénice Bejo, Daniel Brühl, Antonio de la Torre, Sara Becker, Alondra Valenzuela.