Fate is unpredictable, unstoppable and cruel. Homer was aware of this, and history and time both serve to underpin said assertion. This also goes for Petra, the main character in the eponymous film by Jaime Rosales. After the death of her mother, she goes off in search of her unknown father, in a world that will lead her down unthinkably dreadful roads. On paper, this may sound like a runaway soap opera but it is brought under control by the director with a calm, steady and graceful hand. The human coexists harmoniously alongside the intangible, and Rosales injects a ghostly aura into what is one of his the best works. (Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa)

Director's Biography
Film Selection: Petra (2018) - Hermosa juventud (Beautiful Youth, 2014) - Sueño y silencio (Dream and Silence, 2012) - Tiro en la cabeza (Bullet in the Head, 2008) - La soledad (Solitary Fragments, 2007) - Las horas del día (The Hours of the Day, 2003, CE'04)
Tribute · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2019
Jaime Rosales
Spain / France / Denmark 2018
107 minutes
Spanish / Catalan
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Michel Gaztambide, Clara Roquet, Jaime Rosales
Cinematography Hélène Louvart
Editing Lucía Casal
Sound/Sounddesign Nicolas Tsabertidis
Music Kristian Selin Eidnes Andersen
With Bárbara Lennie, Alex Brendemühl, Joan Botey, Marisa Paredes, Petra Martínez, Carme Pla, Oriol Pla, Chema del Barco
Producer(s) Antonio Chavarrías, Bárbara Díez, Jérôme Dopffer, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin, Eva Jakobsen, José María Morales
Fresdeval Films, Wanda Vision, Oberon Cinematográfica, Les Productions Balthazar, Snowglobe Films
World Sales
Film Factory
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Cannes Film Festival 2018
Weltpremiere / World Premiere 
Cannes Film Festival 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere