Chilean director explores mythology of Chiloé in Hijo de Trauco

Mark your calendars for July 2012, when Director Alan Fischer’s first feature-length movie will be premiered in the capital city of Santiago.

The eagerly-anticipated Chilean production Hijo de Trauco (“Trauco’s Son”) is set to be screened in July, as the world premiere of Chilean Director Alan Fischer’s first feature-length film.
Fischer shot the film entirely in the Chiloé archipelago, incorporating the famously stormy nature of the islands into the subtext of the film.
Shooting during the less-rainy months of January and February on the perpetually wet archipelago, the movie revolves around the unique mythology engendered by the fantastic setting and isolation of Chiloé.
The film is set in the fictitious town of Punta Chucao. The camera captured scenes from diverse corners of the islands, including Puñihuil, Caulín, and Quemchi, the market town of Dalcahue, and the surrounding area of the two main cities, Castro and Ancud.
“A true adventure” in Chiloé
“Shooting in Chiloé was marvelous,” Fischer said. “Each day was a new experience. In fact, we had to change our filming schedule because each day was a different adventure. Shooting in Chiloé was a true adventure.”
The protagonists are portrayed by two young actors, Xabier Usabiaga (14) and Ignacio Tellez (15). Several famous Chilean actors compose the cast, including María Izquierdo, Luis Dubó, Alejandro Trejo, Daniela Ramírez and Carolina Cartagena.
Production in Santiago
After wrapping up shooting, the crew moved to Santiago to begin the editing process. The Chilean capital has launched onto the world stage as a top-level film production site, enabling Trauco to be produced entirely in Chile, although the director is adding a Scandinavian touch to his homegrown creation:
“A Finnish composer is in charge of the soundtrack… it will incorporate musicians from the islands, like violinist and luthier Claudio Miranda, of Viga Maestra,” Fischer said.
Chiloé and her myths on the silver screen
The filming of Hijo de Trauco follows on the heels of several major film projects on the island, including the shooting of Disney’s Caleuche: El Llamado del Mar (“Caleuche: The Call of the Sea”), directed by Jorge Olguín, which is set for international distribution by Buena Vista.
Both films highlight two of the island’s most iconic mythical figures from among its pantheon of legends: the ghost-ship Caleuche and the beastly trauco.
The Caleuche is said to be a ghost ship manned by drowned sailors. It sails the stormy seas with bright lights and the sounds of laughter and music, but legend says that those who lay eyes on the ship are cursed and turn into sea animals.
The trauco is a man-like beast with a deformed and terrifying appearance. He is known for his voracious sexual appetite, and villagers often blame him when a young, single woman becomes pregnant: “The trauco did it again!”
The “Hijo de Trauco”
The story of Hijo de Trauco follows the adventures of 14-year-old Jaime, who discovers that the story of his paternity was a lie – and the trauco is not his true father. As young Jaime embarks on a journey through the archipelago, he encounters more of the region’s famous legends, blurring the line between myth and reality.