Mainly shot in the depths of winter in inhospitable Tierra del Fuego, Théo Court's second film is a hypnotic trip to the historic hell of Western expansionism. Around 1900, photographer Pedro (an amazing Alfredo Castro once again) travels to the southernmost part of South America, to photograph a wealthy landowner’s wedding. His client, though absent, asks him to portray his very young bride. While Pedro waits for the wedding, which keeps being postponed, he becomes increasingly obsessed with the girl and her beauty – which leads to a thorough beating.

In the meantime, he unavoidably becomes part of the tough life on society’s rugged periphery, depicted with long establishing shots. The men who work for the invisible master drink themselves stupid, kill all the game in the surrounding area and murder the local Selk’nam people. Pedro is charged with photographing it all because “we are making history here”, thereby causing the aesthete to become an eyewitness and accessory to brutal abuses of power and genocide.

International title
White on White
Filmmaker
Théo Court
Country
Spain, Chile, Germany, France
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
100’
Language
Spanish, English
Producer
José Ángel Alayón, Giancarlo Nasi
Production Company
El Viaje Films, Quijote Films
Sales
Stray Dogs
Writer
Théo Court, Samuel M. Delgado
Cinematography
José Ángel Alayón
Editor
Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Production Design
Amparo Baeza
Sound Design
Carlos E. García
Music
Jonay Armas
Cast
Alfredo Castro, Lars Rudolph, Lola Rubio