Archive of films White Death / Muerta Blanca

2014, 17 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2015

Using a variety of formats and animation techniques, a story unfolds before our eyes of a Chilean military company trapped in the snow during a cruel Andean storm. Yet the film doesn’t aim to provide a faithful reconstruction of events but rather to investigate the boundless solitude and blistering cold that bores down to the bone when a person stands on the threshold of white death.


Brooding music intensifies the tone of a desolate black-and-white panorama immersed in chiaroscuro. This experimental documentary thematizes the tragedy that befell a Chilean army company in 2005 during a severe storm in the Andes. A recording of a radio conversation of men trapped in the snow can be heard in the background. The film does not seek to faithfully reconstruct the events as they happened. The combination of various film formats and animation techniques communicates a feeling of unfathomable loneliness and blistering cold that bores down to the bone – the desperation of a person standing on the threshold of white death.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Roberto Collío (b. 1986, Santiago, Chile) graduated in film and television direction from the Center of Cinematographic Research in Buenos Aires. He shot his first short film Dead Man (Hombre muerto), adapted from the short story of the same name by Horacio Quiroga, while still at school. After returning to Chile in 2009 he worked mainly as a sound designer for film. He is currently developing his feature documentary debut Petit frère – Hermano menor with codirector Roderigo Robledo.


Araucaria Cine
Los Estanques 1916. Providencia, 7500731, Santiago

About the film

Black & white, DCP

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Roberto Collío
Screenplay: Roberto Collío
Dir. of Photography: Matías Illanes
Music: Roberto Collío
Editor: Roberto Collío
Producer: Isabel Orellana Guarello
Production: Araucaria Cine
Contact: Araucaria Cine


Roberto Collío

Film Director


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