For fans of Jaime Rosales-a polished and respected filmmaker known for slow cinema-Petra might come as quite a surprise. This complex story leads the viewer through a labyrinthine family history, where astonishing secrets lie behind every corner. The title character, Petra (Bárbara Lenniefrom Magical Girl), arrives in the countryside at the studio of a rich and cruel artist to find out who her father is. This is where Petra's fate intersects not only with that of the egotistical sculptor, but also with his frustrated son and anxious wife. Rosales's intriguingly shot film combines the drama of an ancient tragedy with a first-rate soap opera. This combination seems to be devilishly thought out. The film is divided into chapters like episodes in a television series, each of which reveals a sensational new element in the family puzzle, which-the closer we get to the finale-is transformed into an incredibly sad story about children paying for their parents' mistakes.
Jaime Rosales was born in Barcelona in 1970. He spent three years in Cuba, where he studied at the International School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Baños. He then moved on to the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. He won a FIPRESCI award at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2003 for his full-length feature debut, The Hours of the Day. He is inspired by the work of Robert Bresson and Yasujirō Ozu.
2003 Godziny dnia / Las horas del día / The Hours of the Day
2007 Samotność / La soledad / Solitary Fragments
2008 Kula w łeb / Tiro en la cabeza / Bullet in the Head
2012 Sen i cisza / Sueño y silencio / Dream and Silence
2014 Piękna młodość / Hermosa juventud / Beautiful Youth