As part of its long list of animated acquisitions and original productions to be released in the near future, Netflix announced this morning that César Award-nominated hybrid feature Pachamama will debut on the platform in June.
Directed by Argentinean filmmaker Juan Antin and produced by Didier Brunner (The Triplets of Belleville, The Secret of Kells, Ernest and Celestine), the France/Luxembourg/Canada co-pro Pachamama is set in 16th century South America, more specifically the Andes Mountains, and uses iconography inspired by pre-Columbian cultures.
Ten-year-old Tepulpaï, a vivacious kid with aspirations of becoming a respected shaman, is at the center of the narrative. But as his community engages in a ceremonial offering to the great spirit of Pachamama, an Incan overload disrupts their sacred time and confiscates the town’s highly symbolic golden statue, which connects them to the Earth. Using this as an opportunity to prove himself, Tepulpaï embarks on a journey to recover the invaluable icon alongside his friend Naira and her pet llama. In their adventure, they will not only confront the Incas that oppress them, but the conquistadors freshly off the boats and hungry for gold.