El Viaje Films gearing up to shoot Blanco en blanco
by Alfonso Rivera
- The production house behind Dead Slow Ahead is immersed in this European-South American co-production that will be filmed imminently on both continents
El Viaje Films, the company headed up by José Ángel Alayón, is currently engrossed in pre-production for the film Blanco en blanco (lit. “White in White”), which will be shot in the coming weeks in Chile and on the Canary Islands of Tenerife and Lanzarote. Directed by Theo Court and co-produced with Don Quijote Films, Pomme Hurlante Films and Rinkel Films, it will be an epic story set in Chile at the beginning of the 20th century, and the main character will be a photographer who is besotted with a girl.
According to the synopsis provided by the production company, Tierra del Fuego used to be a hostile territory; in the early 20th century, it is about to play host to the marriage of the all-powerful plantation owner, the possessor of these lands that were stolen from the natives and are now steeped in violence. A photographer makes his way to this distant corner of the Earth in order to immortalise the union. The bride-to-be, a girl who is travelling with him, turns into his obsession – an obsession that leads him to make a pact by which, in exchange for betraying those in power, he will be allowed to enjoy the young girl’s innocent beauty. After losing his privileges on account of his treachery, his relationship with the printed image goes beyond eroticism and edges deeper and deeper into a society that coexists with the genocide of the Ona people, thus turning him into an accomplice and participant through his images.
José Alayón, of El Viaje Films, who directed Slimane [+see also:
film profile] in 2013, has demonstrated his commitment to arthouse film by supporting such interesting and award-winning titles as The Sea Stares at Us from Afar [+see also:
interview: Manuel Muñoz Rivas
film profile] by Manuel Muñoz Rivas, Hotel Nueva Isla, another documentary helmed by duo Irene Gutiérrez and Javier Labrador, and Dead Slow Ahead [+see also:
interview: Mauro Herce
film profile] by Mauro Herce. Blanco en blanco has secured support from the Hubert Bals Fund (IFFR), Radio Televisión Canaria, CNCA (Chile) and the ICAA (the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport).
(Translated from Spanish)
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