Chile, 1901. A wealthy landowner hires three horsemen to mark out the perimeter of his property and open a route to the Atlantic Ocean across Patagonia. The expedition, composed of a young Chilean mestizo (mixed race), an American mercenary and a reckless British lieutenant, soon turns into a “civilizing” raid. Director Felipe Gálvez Haberle showcases daring work with intent, developing a distinct and original voice in a heady, opaque western reminiscent of THE SEARCHERS but accurately showing vile historical events of colonialism and Native genocide; Truthful and authentic in its anti-colonial accuracy. THE SETTLERS premiered at Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was just announced as Chile''s official entry to the International Feature category of the Academy Awards.