Blanco en blanco

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Blanco en blanco

White On White

Théo Court
E/Chile/F/D, 2019
Features, 100min, OmeU

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Blanco en blanco

Théo Court
E/Chile/F/D, 2019
Features, 100min, OmeU

Sun
27
Oct
21:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
Mon
28
Oct
15:30
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
Cast: 
Alfredo Castro
Pedro
Esther Vega
Sara
Lola Rubio
Aurora
David Pantaleón
Arturo
Lars Rudolph
Proprietario
Alejandro Goic
Capataz
Ignacio Ceruti
Mercenario John
Santos Luis Terrazas
Guia Ona
Screenplay: 
Théo Court
Samuel Delgado
Sound: 
Carlos García
Camera: 
José Alayón
Editor: 
Manuel Muñoz
Composer: 
Jonay Armas

Production: 
El Viaje Films
Don Quijote Films
Kundschafter Filmproduktion
Blond Indian Films
Pomme Hurlante Films
World Sales: 
Stray Dogs
Format: 
DCP
Color

The second feature by Chilean-Spanish director Théo Court centres on Pedro, a photographer who visits an estate in Tierra del Fuego on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has been commissioned by powerful, absent landowner Mr Porter to photograph his pre-teen bride-to-be Sara. But when Pedro’s interest in the girl breaks its agreed boundaries, he finds himself trapped in Porter’s desolate house, which echoes with creaks, footsteps, and the sound of drunken disorder, and is forced to take part in his host’s terrible project – the systematic extermination of the local indigenous Selk’nam people.
With cinematographer José Alayon mapping the surrounding terrain, from bleached-out snowscapes to parched deserts – as well as the distressed interiors of the Porter mansion – BLANCO EN BLANCO is at once realist and eerily dream-like, with an unsettling lead performance from Castro and strong support from Lola Rubio as enigmatic housekeeper Aurora, along with Lars Rudolph in unbridled form as Porter’s mercurial right-hand man. Equal parts landscape study and historical horror story, this is a mesmerising essay on the secret history of early photography, and implicitly on the hidden violence of cinema. (Jonathan Romney)

In the presence of Théo Court.

Théo Court: EL ESPINO (2004, K), SENDERO (2008, K), OCASO (2010)