Scene from the film The Still Life of Harley Prosper
Scene from the film The Still Life of Harley Prosper
Scene from the film The Still Life of Harley Prosper

The Still Life of Harley Prosper

  • Mexico
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Selected by Cristian Saldía Ramírez, Festival Director at Frontera Sur, for Recommended By...Festivals, a partnership with 11 film festivals from across both North and South America. With this collaboration we chart a course all along the map of the Americas as well as through the contemporary documentary scene.

"Defying the confinement of today, body and spirit here fuse into a physical, hypnotic and claustrophobic film. The agony of Harley himself too points to the deep pain of an indigenous community after a long history of violence and oppression." - Cristian Saldía Ramírez

As a child, Harley Prosper was appointed to become the traditional healer of his community, a Cree village in the plains of central Canada. When he grew up, Harley rejected his responsibility and ran away to Vancouver where he sunk into an abyss of alcoholism, defying the Spirit who had chosen him. Now in his early 30s and confined in a hospice for the terminally ill, the film follows Harley’s daily ritual as he confronts the inner voices that constantly remind him that it is impossible to escape his destiny. And even less so, his history.

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  • Original Title
    La vida suspendida de Harley Prosper
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    David Cunningham, Juan Manuel Sepúlveda
  • Runtime
    65 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Mexico
  • Format
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