Petra

30 MINUTE SHORT FILM
DRAMA / COMEDY

A dutiful assistant who dreams of being the theater’s next great thespian struggles to wrangle a flamboyant cast of characters for their closing performance of Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant.

Dealing with Margo, the theater group’s volatile director, is always challenging but it’s critically so when Marlie has to tell her that the main electrical panel for the theater has collapsed and she had to call the only electrician who could fix the archaic apparatus: Margo’s ex-husband, Frank. Margo would rather set the stage on fire than have Frank return to that building.

Imagine having to tell an aging, sensitive and melancholic star like Karilda that her very last performance after a long and highly acclaimed career may never see the curtain rise and if it did, it would reveal an unlit stage. All while dealing with the fascinating young star, the new sensation, the drunken trainwreck: Eva. How could Marlie make them see that she’s ready for the spotlight if she can’t even succeed at her current meager occupation?

Director Statement

Petra began for me in 2010 after a performance by Teatro El Publico of Carlos Diaz’ adaptation of The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, starring Fernando Hechavarria and Alicia Hechavarria . There was so much to be captivated by: Petra’s self destructive nature, Sidonie’s cruel and insensitive sentiments said with warmth and a loving candor, Marlene’s calm, collected and continuous flow of actions that were a constant source of chaos and confusion on stage, and being unable to confidently discern which roles were played by male actors or female actors, a layer added by Carlos Diaz that made the theme of duality in Fassbinder’s text palpable on stage. I walked away imagining, wondering, questioning. Las Amargas Lagrimas de Petra Von Kant would cement itself in my unconscious, unresolved until 2018 when I opened Man and His Symbols by Carl Gustav Jung. (read more)

Randy Valdes

Writer | Director | Cinematographer

Cast

ALICIA HECHAVARRIA

as Marlie

JORGE LUIS ALVAREZ

as Margo

FERNANDO HECHAVARRIA

as Karilda

CARLOS CABALLERO

as Frank

YANIEL CASTILLO

as Eva

Crew

RICHARD VALDES

Composer

HECTOR DAVID ROSALES

Camera Operator & Co-Editor

DANNY MENDOZA

Producer

ELVIS SUAREZ

Colorist & Still Photography

PATRICIA HECHAVARRIA

Wardrobe Designer

KIM FRAGA

Set Designer & Art Director

AUTUMN SUNA

Make Up and Hair Designer

JOEL SOMEILLAN

Sound Designer and Sound Mixer