Man’s best friend has never been truer than in this endearing, intimate portrait of skier Santiago Guzman and his loyal canine companion Conga. Living deep in the mountains of Patagonia, the pair spends idyllic days scouting big lines on the steep Argentine mountains together from their base in a backcountry hut known as Refugio Frey. The snapshots of their life together are brief and beautiful: Conga’s coat ruffling in the wind as she chases a ball of snow, a spindrift cresting over a ridgeline as the duo get ready to descend, Conga bounding after Guzman in an effort that is both graceful and goofy. The heart can’t help but swell in this short portrait of fidelity, love and snow.
- Ben Sturgulewski