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Blanquita

Orizzonti

Director:
Fernando Guzzoni
Production:
Quijote Films (Giancarlo Nasi) Varios Lobos (Pablo Zimbrón) Tarantula (Donato Rotunno) Bonne Pioche Cinema (Pascal Guerrin, Yves Darondeau, Emmanuel Priou) Madants (Beata Rzeźniczek)
Running Time:
99’
Language:
Spanish
Country:
Chile, Mexico, Luxembourg, France, Poland
Main Cast:
Laura López, Alejandro Goic, Amparo Noguera, Marcelo Alonso, Daniela Ramírez, Ariel Grandón
Screenplay:
Fernando Guzzoni
Cinematographer:
Benjamín Echazarreta
Editor:
Jarosław Kamiński, Soledad Salfate
Production Designer:
Estefania Larraín, Angela Leyton
Costume Designer:
Francisca Román
Music:
Chloé Thevenin
Sound:
Federico González Jordán, José Miguel Enríquez Rivaud
Note:Age 14+

Synopsis

Blanca, an 18-year-old foster home resident, is the key witness in a scandal involving kids, politicians and rich men taking part in sex parties. Yet, the more questions are asked, the less clear it becomes what Blanca’s role in the scandal exactly is.

Director’s Statement

This film is based on a year- long investigation of the ‘Spiniak Case’, a network of child prostitution and pedophilia led by a powerful Chilean businessman. It was one of the most turbulent and confusing for the Chilean judicial, political and journalistic history of the last fifteen years. After getting into the details of the case, through an extensive research of the numerous sources—news stories, case files, court records, and interviews—there was a character in this ill-fated story that fascinated me the most: Gema Bueno, ‘the key witness’, ‘the minor’, ‘Gema Malo’. A twenty-year-old girl, who divided the public opinion and held the nation in suspense for nine months. She eventually ended up behind bars but society was torn about her case. This story is inspired by those events but I turned them into a melodrama in which the media takes the important part in portraying the tragedy of the victims, murders and abuse of children by powerful people. Nothing in this case is what it seems to be. This film stands as a work of fiction that extracts real elements from the case and comes as a stand-alone story that could have taken place in many different countries. Blanquita is an inquiry about personal truth, deception, ethics, and the interpretation of truth. Above all, it is about the double life of a girl or a girl whose lack of opportunities and constant let down by the very institutions which promised to protect her, pushed her to the limits. She seeks her revenge on the class through her testimony against the powerful. My aim was to present a character confronted with the skepticism of some and the blind devotion of others, without judgment. A story about someone who tells the truth or who perhaps adapts her emotions to survive, for pleasure, for love, by necessity or narcissism.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: Giancarlo Nasi – Quijote Films
Boonen Rivera 2427
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Tel. +56 968684761
nasi.giancarlo@gmail.com
http://www.quijotefilms.com

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: Varios Lobos, Tarantula, Bonne Pioche Cinema, Madants

WORLD SALES: Jan Naszewski – New Europe Film Sales
Pulawska 152/5
02-670 – Warsaw, Poland
Tel. +48 600173205
jan@neweuropefilmsales.com
http://www.neweuropefilmsales.com

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