At the end of the world, day in, day out, three men take on the Southern Ocean and its legends. They leave their families and brave the cold and the storms to go and meet the isolated fishermen in the infamous Cape Horn islands.
Some launch themselves into these epic channels through greed, others for love of the sea or family need, but all agree on the importance of carrying forward this endangered traditional livelihood and brotherly sharing.
Avec Austral, Benjamin Colaux livre un documentaire hypnotisant sur la passion aussi sublime qu’insensée d’une poignée d’hommes pour la mer, lieu de vie et de mort. - Cinevox
This visually sublime and emotionally potent documentary (photography comes courtesy of the director himself) follows in the wake of long-distance sailors torn between their fascination for the sea and their life on terra firma in the southernmost reaches of Chile. - Aurore Engelen, cineuropa.org
Benjamin Colaux is a director, chief operator, editor in several documentary production companies and an art photographer. At the same time, he wrote the comic strip Blue of Straw and composed sound creations that were broadcast on stage and at festivals. After REVEKA, he directed his second feature documentary on the notorious waters of extreme southern Chile, AUSTRAL.
Directed by Benjamin Colaux
Writer - Benjamin Colaux
Editor - Yannick Leroy
Dop - Benjamin Colaux
Sound - Leny Andrieux
Music - Claire Goldfarb
Sound design – Patrick Hubart
Grading - Kene Illegems
Production manager - Olan Bowland
Brussels International Film Festival (BE) - National Competition : GRAND PRIX & BEMONTAGE EDITING AWARD
Co-produced with Stenola Productions (BE), Little Big Story (FR), RTBF & Arte GEIE
Supported by Wallonie Image Production, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and Cinema and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (CCA)
With the support of the Tax Shelter System of the Belgian Federal Government
Subtitles: English, Dutch, French