30 MINUTE SHORT FILM
DRAMA / COMEDY
Marlie, a dutiful assistant who dreams of being the theater’s next star, struggles to wrangle a flamboyant cast of characters for a closing performance of “Las Amargas Lagrimas de Petra von Kant,“ their adaptation of Fassbinder’s text. Along the way she learns that what she thought would bring her closer to her big break, is actually what is keeping her from her dreams.
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?
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)
Writer | Director | Cinematographer
JORGE LUIS ALVAREZ
HECTOR DAVID ROSALES
Camera Operator & Co-Editor
Colorist & Still Photography
Set Designer & Art Director
Make Up and Hair Designer
Sound Designer and Sound Mixer