synopsis

Petra doesn’t know who her father is. Her entire life, it’s been hidden from her. After the death of her mother, she embarks on a search that leads her to Jaume, a famous artist and a powerful, ruthless man. On her path to uncovering the truth, Petra also meets Jaume’s son, Lucas, as well as Marisa, his mother and Jaume’s wife. That is when the story of these characters begins to intertwine in a spiral of malice, family secrets and violence that drives them all to the edge. But fate’s cruel logic is derailed by a twist that opens a path to hope and redemption.


 

“Everything has been conceived to invite viewers to really get inside the film and travel with it.”

 
 

"On her path to uncovering the truth... the story of these characters begins to intertwine in a spiral of malice, family secrets and violence..."


“Before I began to design the film, I had to go back to school. The best film school consists of films and books about cinema. Once again, I read the books and saw the films that marked my years of training. I went back to the classics and modern classics.”

Director's notes

Jaime Rosales

Surprise is the sap that feeds dramatic interest.

Petra is a film that grew out of the need to reach out larger audiences after several years making my own films in which something was missing. My first two films, Las horas del día and La soledad, were released in theatres in the first decade of the new millennium. It was a time of great enthusiasm and even euphoria, just before the great crisis of the second decade. My film Sueño y silencio (2012) was a bit of a swan song. At least, it was for me. With it-- my fourth film-- I ended a period as a filmmaker. Hermosa juventud was rather like starting over. Petra has been a further step along that new road.

Before I began to design the film, I had to go back to school. The best film school consists of films and books about cinema. Once again, I read the books and saw the films that marked my years of training. I went back to the classics and modern classics.

Film viewers want to have a good time. They want to be thrilled and moved. They want to be surprised. Surprise is the sap that feeds dramatic interest. The whole process consisted of creating a work that brought together attractive attributes. With Michel Gaztambide and Clara Roquet, co-writers of the screenplay, we went back to the classics. Aristotle was our beacon: “Everything must be surprising and necessary”. Everything has been conceived to invite viewers to really get inside the film and travel with it. The journey is an inner one. Toward the interior of the characters and the viewers.

More than any of my previous films, Petra has been the result of a very participatory collective process. A central role was played by Bárbara Díez, the producer of the film and my partner in Fresdeval Films. She and I initiated the project and were joined quite generously by José María Morales, Antonio Chavarrías, Jérôme Dopffer and Katrin Pors. Their contributions enhanced the quality of the film. Thanks to them, we worked with an exceptional crew of Spaniards, French and Danes. It was wonderful to work with Hélène Louvart as DOP and with Kristian Eidnes Andersen for music composition. The cast, headed by Bárbara Lennie and Alex Brendemühl, understood perfectly the contained acting style I wanted. Combining internationally renowned actors like Marisa Paredes with natural actors like Joan Botey was one of the greatest challenges of the film.

There is more than one theme to Petra. Each viewer will define the themes for themselves. But identity is important. As are fate and the conflict between good and evil. A tragic vein runs through the entire plot. If I had to summarize the subject of Petra, I would say it is a film about search and redemption.

 

"Film viewers want to have a good time. They want to be thrilled and moved. They want to be surprised."

"With Michel Gaztambide and Clara Roquet, co-writers of the screenplay, we went back to the classics.
Aristotle was our beacon: “Everything must be surprising and necessary”."

 

"The journey is an inner one. Toward the interior of the characters and the viewers."

 

"There is more than one theme to Petra. Each viewer will define the themes for themselves. But identity is important."

"A tragic vein runs through the entire plot."

 

"If I had to summarize the subject of Petra, I would say it is a film about search and redemption."

 

"More than any of my previous films, Petra has been the result of a very participatory collective process. A central role was played by Bárbara Díez, the producer of the film and my partner in Fresdeval Films. She and I initiated the project and were joined quite generously by José María Morales, Antonio Chavarrías, Jérôme Dopffer and Katrin Pors. Their contributions enhanced the quality of the film. Thanks to them, we worked with an exceptional crew of Spaniards, French and Danes. It was wonderful to work with Hélène Louvart as DOP and with Kristian Eidnes Andersen for music composition."

 

main crew

Director
Creative Producer
Screenplay


Composer
Director of Photography
Line Producer

Art Director

Editor
Sound Design & Sound Mix
Sound Recordist
Costume Designer
Make-up
Casting

First AD

Producers






Associate Producers

Jaime Rosales
Bárbara Díez
Jaime Rosales
Michel Gaztambide
Clara Roquet
Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
Hélène Louvart
Bárbara Díez

Victoria Paz Álvarez

Lucía Casal
Carlos E. García
Nicolás Tsabertidis
Iratxe Sanz
Chicha Blanco
Sara Bilbatúa
María Rodrigo
Àlex Vilà

Bárbara Díez
José María Morales
Antonio Chavarrías
Jérôme Dopffer
Katrin Pors
Mikkel Jersin
Eva Jakobsen
Miguel Morales
Àngels Masclans
 
 
 

cast list

Petra
Lucas
Jaume
Marisa
Julia
Teresa
Pau
Juanjo
Martha
Bárbara Lennie
Alex Brendemühl
Joan Botey
Marisa Paredes
Petra Martínez
Carme Pla
Oriol Pla
Chema Del Barco
Natalie Madueño
 
 

"The cast, headed by Bárbara Lennie and Alex Brendemühl, understood perfectly the contained acting style I wanted."

 
 

"Combining internationally renowned actors like Marisa Paredes with natural actors like Joan Botey was one of the greatest challenges of the film."

 

Bárbara Lennie

Bábara Lennie had her cinema debut at the age of fifteen with the film More Grief Than Glory (2001) by Víctor García León. She performed her first leading role in Montxo Armendáriz’ Obaba (2005), which earned her first nomination for the Goya Award for Best New Actress. Since then, she has combined roles in hit TV series including Amar es para siempre and Isabel with a solid career in film including roles in 13 Roses by Emilio Martínez Lázaro, The Skin I Live In by Pedro Almodóvar, and Orange Honey by Imanol Uribe. In 2014 she starred in Magical Girl by Carlos Vermut (Golden Shell winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival) and won the Goya Award for Best Actress. She also participated in El Niño by Daniel Monzón, which brought her another nomination for the Goya Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also appeared in risky projects such as Dying Beyond Their Means by Isaki Lacuesta, María (And Everybody Else) by Nely Reguera, which led to another nomination for the Goya Award for Best Actress, and The Apostate by Federico Veiroj.

 

Alex Brendemühl

Alex Brendemühl had his debut in a starring cinema role in A Bench In The Park directed by Agustí Vila (1998). After shooting The Hours Of The Day (Jaime Rosales, 2003) he shot In The City (Cesc Gay, 2004) and Remake (Roger Gual, 2005). He won the Sant Jordi Award for Best Actor in 2008 for his performances in Me (Rafa Cortés, 2007) and The Silence Before Bach (Pere Portabella, 2007). The success of Me --which he also wrote-- led him to direct his first short film, Rumbo a peor, screened as part of the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. In 2010 he won the Gaudí Award for Best Actor for The Two Lives Of Andres Rabadan by Ventura Durall. We have also seen him in Dying Beyond Their Means by Isaki Lacuesta, Ma-ma by Julio Medem, and Truman by Cesc Gay. Recently, he starred with Marion Cotillard in From The Land Of The Moon by Nicole García, which competed in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.

 

Joan Botey

Joan Botey is a chemical and agricultural engineer. He worked as a chemical engineer in the plastics and painting industries for most of his career in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He is the proprietor of Fitor, a large, beautiful country estate in the Empordá region that he inherited from his father. In recent years, he has been engaged in exploiting the estate. His unique approach to nature and society has allowed him to do business with cork production, hunting, tourism and hiking. He published a book about biodiversity that includes his own watercolour paintings. Petra marks his first role as an actor.

 

Marisa Paredes

Marisa Paredes is one of Spain’s most renowned actresses at the national and international level. Outstanding among her numerous cinema roles are the films she made with Pedro Almodóvar, such as High Heels (1991), The Flower Of My Secret (1995), All About My Mother (1999), Talk To Her (2002) and The Skin I Live In (2010). She has also appeared in films by Arturo Ripstein such as Deep Crimson (1996) and No One Writes To The Colonel (1999). She worked with Guillermo del Toro in The Devil´s Backbone (2001) and Roberto Begnini in Life Is Beautiful (1997). She has worked with directors including Carlos Saura, José Luis Borau, Jaime Chávarri and José Luis Garci. She has received countless awards for her memorable performances as well as lifetime achievement tributes. She has had an extensive and prestigious stage career in addition to her work heading institutions, such as her tenure as President of the Spanish Film Academy. In 2018 she received the Goya Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

technical data

Original Title: PETRA
Spain / France / Denmark - 2018
35mm (1:2,39), Dolby digital 5.1, colour
107 minutes
Spanish and Catalan
Year: 2018
Shot in Madrid and north of Girona

Production Companies:
FRESDEVAL FILMS (Spain)
WANDA VISIÓN (Spain)
OBERON CINEMATOGRÀFICA (Spain)
LES PRODUCTIONS BALTHAZAR (France)
SNOWGLOBE (Denmark)

With the support of:
RTVE
EURIMAGES
TVC
MOVISTAR +
ICAA
ICEC
AIDE AUX CINÉMAS DU MONDE – CNC
INSTITUT FRANÇAIS
DANISH FILM INSTITUTE

World Sales:
FILM FACTORY
Distribution in Spain:
WANDA VISIÓN  


 

Bio-filmografía

Jaime Rosales, director and screenwriter

Barcelona, 1970

After receiving a degree in Business Economics from ESADE, his devotion to film was fostered when he won a scholarship in 1996 to study film at the prestigious International Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) in Havana and then at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. Since 2000 he has developed all his projects as a director with his production company Fresdeval Films.

 

filmografía

The Hours of the Day
Cannes Festival 2003. Directors’ Fortnight.
FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award.

La Soledad
Cannes Festival 2007. Un Certain Regard.

Bullet in the Head
San Sebastian Festival 2008. In Competition.
FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award.

The Dream and The Silence
Cannes Festival 2012. Directors’ Fortnight.

Beautiful Youth
Cannes Festival 2012. Un Certain Regard.
Ecumenical Special Jury Award.

 
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