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White Death

2014 DOK Leipzig, Doc International Short Competition, Animadoc Award
Chile | 2014 | 17 min. | Spanish | English subtitles | German Premiere
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White Death | Muerte blanca

The vivisection of a landscape: sombre black and white images unfurl panoramas of a scraggy mountain region. Narrow paths winding through the Andes, crosses decorating the wayside. The ruins of a barracks appear, once housing recruits who departed on a last exercise and were caught in a snow storm. Fragments of real live shots collide with extremely reduced animations. The film’s emulsion begins to pulse and dissolve. Sudden lightning destroys every trace of narrative. This is not the reconstruction of an event that happened in 2005, but the evocation of a nightmare of coldness and death that was irrevocably inscribed into the landscape.
Director Roberto Collío deftly and brilliantly experiments with different materials to evoke graphical analogies. He started out as a sound designer; so on the subtly wrought soundtrack the lonely death of a young soldier finds its long, sad echo in the diminishing sounds of a whistle.
Cornelia Klauß
Original Title: Muerte blanca
Country: Chile
Year: 2014
Language: Spanish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 17 min.
Format: DCP
Color: B&W
Director: Roberto Collío
Producer: Isabel Orellana Guarello
Cinematographer: Matías Illanes
Editor: Roberto Collío
Animation: Jota Sandoval, Roberto González
Sound: Roberto Collío
Music: Roberto Collío
Script: Roberto Collío
Isabel Orellana Guarello
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