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Extirpator of Idolatries (2014)

Extirpador de Idolatrías (original title)
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A movie about the cultural resistance in a country besides diverse, divided.


Manuel Siles


Manuel Siles
10 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Oswaldo Salas ... Police detective Waldo Mamani / Mythical creature
Magaly Solier ... Mother of the boy
Paulina Bazán Paulina Bazán ... Village girl
Augusto Casafranca Augusto Casafranca ... Extirpator of idolatries / Mythical creature
Diego Yupanqui Diego Yupanqui ... Village boy
Oscar Ludeña Oscar Ludeña ... Police deputy / Mythical creature
Renato Gianoli Renato Gianoli ... Chief police
Fiorella Flores Fiorella Flores ... TV journalist
Amiel Cayo Amiel Cayo ... Shaman / Mythical creature
Julián Vargas Julián Vargas ... Innkeeper
Firelei Barreda Firelei Barreda ... Widow
Ana Arce Ana Arce ... Mother of the Girl / Mythical creature
Diana Castro Diana Castro ... Victim
Marcelo Peirano Blondet Marcelo Peirano Blondet ... Cameraman
Rossana Escudero Rossana Escudero ... Secretary police file


A sinister killer pursues a girl who represents the persistence of Andean religious practices. Waldo, the persistence policeman discovers and captures the criminal and, at the same time, resolves his inner conflicts. The child's mother rediscovers the importance of her Andean cultural roots, but in an irreversible fusion with modern life. Written by Anonymous

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A movie about the cultural resistance in a country besides diverse, divided.


Drama | Fantasy | Mystery



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Spanish | Quechua

Release Date:

14 April 2016 (Peru) See more »

Also Known As:

Estirpatore di Idolatrie See more »

Filming Locations:

Huancaya, Lima, Peru


Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Shooted with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. See more »

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Other than Its Bizarre Title Misfire…EXTIRPATOR Shows Us that in Peru…Less Is More! Que Viva La PachaMama!
11 September 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

Culture Clash is one of my favorite cinema themes. EXTIRPATOR offers up an interesting dose, in addition to a host of other oddities of the Seventh Art! The Action unfolds in an unnamed Peruvian small town, where going into detail could be considered a Spoiler, so we'll just forego that! This film highlights a number of subtle, but quite real culture differences: Small town values and dynamic vs. those of the Big City/Capital; Modern 21st century values vs. those inherited from centuries old Inca society; Police discipline and mentality vs. those of ordinary civilian society; And even a kids take on reality vs. those of professional adults!

But leaving the entirety of the aforementioned aside, EXTIRPATOR at times is a bit of a genre-bender, serving up a number of totally unanticipated elements! This, I think, makes for overall unpredictability and a cinematic treat that just isn't easily labeled or pigeon-holed! Couple this with a frequent incorporation of the Natural, Picture Post Card Peruvian Countryside, frequent soothing, yet haunting, strains of traditional Andean melodies, consistently excellent editing and cinematography, a no-frills story which projects a gripping and interesting narrative!

Director Manuel Siles certainly styles his work with a pleasant and impacting signature spin, which I'm sure most viewers will enjoy!


Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!....

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