Genre: Biopic, Adventure / Type: Feature
Status: Screenplay; seeking development
A barely literate young girl from a tiny village in the Peruvian Andes travels to the capital in 1944 to seek her fortune. She is employed by Pepita, the matriarch of a wealthy family in Lima. What follows are 60 years of an inseparable bond between the two women that survives a military coup, family tragedies, and social upheaval thanks to the extraordinary character and resilience of Blanca.
BLANCA is an epic, true-story dramatization spanning 60 years about a tiny, barely educated, native Peruvian girl born in 1928 on goat skins in the Andes who ends up traveling the world: Argentina, New York, London, Madrid, Rome, San Francisco.
But the adventure is about so much more. We watch 60 years transform the relationship between Blanca and her wealthy employer, Pepita. She turns from strict boss into Blanca’s mother-figure, then inseparable friend, sister, and - in the final years - daughter and infant as Blanca took care of Pepita’s every last need.
This is a story of two people from opposite ends of the social cast become entirely interdependent. After decades together, in their old age late one night, Pepita died in Blanca’s arms. Blanca was alone with her in their little apartment in Lima. Like a puppy that has just lost its owner, Blanca simply lay next to her employer, her mother, her sister, best friend, daughter, her everything - and cried for the rest of the night. In the morning, before calling the coroner, Blanca put makeup on Pepita’s beautiful face one last time.
We watch Peruvian society undergo revolutions from a feudal cast system to brutal dictatorship to democracy, years of terrorism, and back to oligarchy. What is rare is that this is Blanca’s perspective in her own words. Peruvian history is traditionally written by the educated and elite, but in this case we follow a humble peasant girl as she travels seamlessly between two worlds, wealthy and poor, the powerful and the disadvantaged. This is a unique perspective and invaluable record of social drama told innocently from within by Blanca herself.
But above all, in its simple telling, we learn of an extraordinary human being of heroic strength of character, resilience, smarts, gentleness, and power through her complete innocence. Blanca represents the best of the human spirit like no superhero can possibly achieve. There is almost no other way to describe Blanca besides experiencing her in person, and that is what this film seeks to achieve.
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written and directed by CARLOS GRAÑA
director of photography PABLO DIEZ, AEC
production designer ROMINA HAUSMANN
first assistant camera TANIA CUEVAS
second assistant camera and dit MIKE HALPER
sound VICTOR BOUZI
gaffer SEAN TALBOTT
dolly grip JACOB ABRAMS
grip KEVIN CAMPBELL
makeup CAMILLE DUPIN
catering BRITTANY JONES
editor CARLOS GRAÑA
assistant editor SCOTT ROBERT
executive producer JENNIFER ROUNDS
music EXIST STRATEGY, VICTOR BERMON