Chile’s Picardia Films, led by director-producer Diego Raugier, starred in “The White Room” (“La Habitasian Blanca”), the next feature of Argentina’s Ana Pieterberg who starred Viggo Mortensen in “Everybody Has an Attraction 2012” Production distributed by Intl.
Written and directed by Petersburg, “The White Room” is led by Buenos Aires-based Bikini Films, led by Edson Sidoni. His achievements include the Sue Gua Yor 2018 Locarno Golden Leopard winner “The Once and the Future” and the Toronto World Premiere “Cornwall”, which received the best direction at last year’s Guadalajara Festival and the best Ibero-Amer at the 2021 Malaga Festival.
“White Room” is one of the highest profile projects of this year’s Guadalajara co-production meeting which will start on 3 October.
Fiction, but based on the director’s personal experience, “The White Room” begins with 5-year-old Clara, who travels north of Argentina with her father and her dog. They are looking for his mother, who fell ill and decided to leave home. They found him in a church in Yavi, a small town in Juju. From inside the car, Clara sees her parents arguing. She tries to get out but she can’t. In Petersburg’s description the dog barks, the dust rolls.
The feature project then cuts through the 17-year-old Clara, who embarks on a journey to the moon near northern Argentina and takes turns in her consciousness, trying to understand her mother’s disappearance.
To get to his point, Petersburg “borrows codes from various cinematographic genres. The early road movie, which, among other things, observes the sexual awakening of a young woman, gradually leads the story of self-sacrifice with a psychologically thrilling feeling as the director blurs the boundaries between real and fantastic.” Lets live and die, ”said producer Sydney Diversity.
“Since I was little, the content of madness was at the center of my thoughts, it’s probably one of my biggest fears. And at the same time, it has a great power of attraction for me,” Petersburg said.
He added: “I believe that in order to be free, to grow up, to revolutionize one’s own life and to hope in the lives of others, one needs a certain level of insanity. I come from a family of psychiatrists and psychologists, surreal, Jewish immigrants who risked everything. And thousands of times they have rediscovered themselves. None of this could have happened without risk, especially the risk of losing someone’s mind. “
The story of “The White Room” is anchored in the north of Argentina, and it not only shows a deeply cinematographic landscape of rare beauty, but above all the population and customs that are typically displayed in Argentine cinema, “Sydney added. Was particularly keen to show diversity, which makes this country prosperous and complex.
Combining Mortensen’s portrayal of two identical twin characters and “the basis of a high-concept thriller, but a flowing sense of Earthhouse reality”, the Guardian commented that 2012’s “Everyone has a plan” is one of the highlights of Latin America’s last decade, released in more than 20 countries.
Petersburg followed up with 2017’s “Altram,” much like an art film, shot in black-and-white, and introduced the actor who suffered in his obsession.
“Anna Petersburg’s casual film career, the first film on a high-budget and then more experimental endeavors, shows a great combination of deep attachment to artistic freedom and the story she wants to tell. I appreciate this honest journey where storytelling determines the opportunity to build, ”Sydney said.