Blanca

One day, one road that defined a lifetime.

Project type: Narrative Feature
Project status: Development
Director: Carlos Graña
Producer: Tim Gagliardo
AEC: Director of Photography: Pablo Diez
Email: carlos@carlosgrana.com
 
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Logline

Hunted by soldiers after a military coup, Peru’s First Lady must drive her very pregnant nanny to a hospital down a treacherous road in the Andes.

Synopsis

Blanca is an award-winning dramatic thriller about two women, Señora Pepa and Blanca, from opposite social classes struggling to flee the Peruvian Andes in the wake of a violent military coup. The story is an engaging character study with the added distinction of being a contained thriller involving only three characters, one road, and a one-day adventure that lasts a lifetime. Pepa and Blanca are portrayed as opposites, which makes the emotional story more thrilling and the stakes higher as we root for them to collaborate and succeed on this rollercoaster of obstacles—once they overcome their own internal demons.
Speeding down a dirt mountain trail in 1955, Chauffeur Jose (40) bleeds from a bullet wound and gives driving instructions to his his chicly-dressed passenger, Señora Pepa (30), who has never taken the wheel before. Jose calculates the soldiers hunting them are 30 minutes behind on foot—then passes out, leaving the car headed straight for a precipice. From the back seat, Blanca (18), nine months pregnant and in nothing but an old nightgown, lets out a scream.
Thus begins a thrilling ride that forces two people into a lifelong bond. In that sense, this is a love story, a buddy salvation like 1917, The Motorcycle Diaries, Thelma and Louise, The Shawshank Redemption. Blanca—a tiny lady of Inca descent from an impoverished village in the Andes—was employed as a nanny by Señora Pepa—tall, educated, from a privileged class of European descent in the coastal Peruvian capital of Lima—who was my grandmother. As a child, they were just Blanca and Grandma, inseparable, interdependent, almost indistinguishable. It wasn’t until adulthood that I wondered: How did two people from such opposite extremes of society and geography develop a lifetime bond closer than family?
This film, I hope, answers that question.

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Meet the Filmmakers


Carlos Graña — Director

Award-winning writer and director with 10 years experience. Born in New York, raised in
Peru and Europe, living in Los Angeles. This is Carlos’ fourth film directing
cinematographer Pablo Diez, AEC, and third with producer Tim Gagliardo.

Tim Gagliardo — Producer

Over 15 years experience as 1AD or producer, countless feature films and shorts under
his belt, 8 of those features with Pablo Diez as DP. This is Tim’s third production with
director Carlos Graña.

Pablo Diez — AEC: Director of Photography

Award-winning cinematographer with over 25 years’ experience, including 20+ action
and drama feature films with name actors, 3 previous film projects with director Carlos
Graña. Born and raised in Barcelona, based in Los Angeles, member of: AEC (Spanish
Society of Cinematographers), IMAGO (Internacional Federation of Cinematographers),
IATSE Local 600 (International Cinematographers Guild).

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Contact

For inquiries, please contact fiscalsponsorship@filmindependent.org.