Archive of films White Death / Muerta Blanca
2014, 17 min
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
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.
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.
Los Estanques 1916. Providencia, 7500731, Santiago
About the film
Black & white, DCP
|Section:||Documentary Films - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Matías Illanes|
|Producer:||Isabel Orellana Guarello|