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International Critics’ Award, FICRESCI Award, of the 53rd Visions du Réel

Vida férrea (Steel Life)

Steel Life (Vida Férrea), directed by Manuel Bauer, is a movie that follows the journey of the Central Peruvian Railroad, a freight train, from the top of the Andes, at 4800 meters of altitude, to the Pacific Ocean’s shore, carrying minerals with loads of wealth and damnation for all those who cross its track. This 4-day journey occurs during the most important national holiday, Independence Day, and we might find what bring us together and tear us apart as a country.

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Manuel Bauer, Director

Manuel Bauer was born in Lima, Peru, 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.

As a director he has shot short films: Eating Dreams, Short, The Soul Extractor, La Novena (finalist at a Canal Plus Contest) and Uprooted (which let him participate at Berlinale’s Talent Campus 2007). Vida Ferrea is his first feature film.

Manuel Bauer

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