‘Are you not happy working with him?’ · ‘I want to see other things. You will get lost out there.’ · ‘Why can the others go and I can’t?’ · ‘Because you are an artisan not a peasant.’

Segundo sees silence as his only option for dealing with his father Noé’s secret. The 14-year-old lives with his parents in a village high up in the mountains of Peru. Noé is a respected artisan and Segundo’s role model. With loving eye for detail, he artfully crafts altarpieces for church and homes, and is preparing his son to follow in his footsteps. But cracks form in their tight bond. The film takes an unflinching look behind the facades of a seemingly intact village community, in which patriarchal rules are imposed with unrelenting violence. In saturated colours, a panorama view of a world in which a young artist is finding his place.
by Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L.
with Junior Béjar Roca, Amiel Cayo, Magaly Solier, Hermelinda Luján, Mauro Chuchón, Claudia Solís, Coco Chiarella, Ubaldo Huamán, Melvin Quijada
Peru / Germany / Norway 2017 Quechua, Spanish 101’ Colour


  • Junior Béjar Roca (Segundo Páucar)
  • Amiel Cayo (Noé Páucar)
  • Magaly Solier (Anatolia Páucar)
  • Hermelinda Luján (Abuela Perpetua)
  • Mauro Chuchón (Mardonio)
  • Claudia Solís (Felícita)
  • Coco Chiarella (Párroco)
  • Ubaldo Huamán (Don Genaro)
  • Melvin Quijada (Don Marreros)


Director Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L.
Screenplay Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L., Héctor Gálvez
Cinematography Mario Bassino
Editing Eric Williams
Music Harry Escott
Sound Design Tobias Poppe, Omar Pareja
Production Design Eduardo Camino
Costumes Jhovanna Villamil
Make-Up Carla Dávila
Assistant Director Analía Laos
Production Management Eliana Illescas
Executive Producers Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L., Enid "Pinky" Campos, Iris Roca Rey P., Lasse Scharpen, Menno Döring
Producer Enid "Pinky" Campos
Co-Producers Dag Hoel, Kathleen McInnis, Tobias Poppe
Co-Production Catch of the Day Films Dortmund
DHF Trondheim

Produced by

Siri Producciones

Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L.

A film director, he studied psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and innovation design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), before going on to attend the London Film Academy. After making two highly successful short films, Retablo is his debut feature. It was developed through the Sundance Feature Film Program Lab and screened at the 2017 Festival de Cine de Lima where it won the prize for Best Peruvian Film.


2010 ¿Me puedes ver? (Can You See Me?); short film 2013 El acompañante (The Companion); short film 2017 Retablo

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018