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Mother Lode

Feature documentary directed by Matteo Tortone.
In co-production with Wendigo Films (France) & Malfé Films (Italy)


  • Theatrical release : Italy, Switzerland, France.
  • TV : RTS Switzerland.
  • SVOD : Play RTS


Jorge, a young Lima mototaxi driver reaches the richest and most dangerous goldmine in Peru. Lost under a glacier in the Andes mountains, La Rinconada is “the closest city to the sky”. It attracts thousands of seasonal workers like Jorge, in quest for a bit of fortune and a better life.

But each year numerous miners mysteriously disappear. For gold belongs to the Devil, “El Tio de la Mina”. And in exchange of a few gold nuggets, he requires some sacrifices.


World Sales : Intramovies

Distribution in Italy : ZaLab Films

Distribution in France : Juste Doc

Distribution in Switzerland : C-Side Productions 

  • Directed by Matteo Tortone
  • Written by Matteo Tortone & Mathieu Granier
  • With José Luis Nazario Campos
  • Image : Patrick Tresch S.C.S
  • Sound : Jean-Baptiste Madry
  • Assistant Director : Andrea Balice
  • Editing : Enrico Giovannone
  • Music : Ivan Pisino
  • Sound Mixing : Adrien Le Blond
  • Color Timing : Blaise Villars
  • Production : Wendigo Films, Nadège Labé, Alexis Taillant – Malfé Films, Margot Mecca, Matteo Tortone – C-Side Productions, Benjamin Poumey
  • Shooting Format : 4K
  • Screening Format : DCP 4K / 2K
  • Sound : 5.1 / 2.0


CNC – Aide à l’innovation (écriture et développement), CNC – Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, la PROCIREP-ANGOA, Piemonte Doc Film Fund, Ibermedia, Cineforom et la Loterie Romande, RTS-Radio Télévision Suisse, Prix Eurimages Lab Project, MIC.