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Petra

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

When Petra (Bárbara Lennie) takes on the much older Jaume (Joan Botey), a well-known sculptor, as her mentor for an artist’s residency, she gets drawn into a web of intrigue. The famously prickly and manipulative sculptor lives on a lavishly appointed estate with various discontented members of his household, including his son Lucas (Alex Brendemühl), with whom Petra flirts, his wife Marisa (Marisa Paredes), who treats the arriving guest coldly, and the housekeeper Teresa (Carme Pla), who is visibly preoccupied with unspoken troubles. Everyone seems to be harbouring some secret—but it turns out that Petra has one of her own.

To reveal more would spoil Jaime Rosales’ cunning mystery, which unspools across seven, precisely arranged chapters. (The cleverly written title cards alone may be worth the price of admission.) Merging the elements of a Greek tragedy and a daytime soap opera, Rosales crafts a superb formalist comedy filled with sensational turns, involving unexpected violence and sordid family skeletons. Yet the accomplished director continues to flummox his audience and defy expectations, continually transforming the material with the help of his uniformly superb cast. The result will shock, move and entertain—just not in the ways you might expect.


Canadian premiere
Director Jaime Rosales
Country of Origin: Spain/France/Denmark
Year: 2018
Running Time: 107 mins
Format: DCP Encrypted
Language:In Spanish, Catalan with English subtitles
Cast: Bárbara Lennie, Alex Brendemühl, Joan Botey, Marisa Paredes, Carme Pla
Producer: Bárbara Díez, José María Morales, Antonio Chavarrías, Jérôme Dopffer, Katrin Porsmikkel, Jersineva Jakobsen
Screenwriter: Jaime Rosales, Michel Gaztambide, Clara Roquet
Cinematographer: Hélène Louvart
Editor: Lucía Casal
Music: Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Production Company: Fresdeval Films, Wanda Vision, Oberon Cinematographica, Baltazar Productions, Snowglobe Films
Print Source: Film Factory

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