SIFF Film Fest 2014 Spotlight: Rising Starlet Petra Wright


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The ethereal Petra Wright is a German-born actress who is on her way to make a splash on the indie scene. Petra stars in “Desert Cathedral” which is given an intriguing narrative meets found footage treatment. She plays Annah Collins whose husband Peter, a real estate developer vanishes into the Southwestern desert in 1992 leaving behind a series of VHS tapes. Petra displays her range as the distraught women who in desperation hires a private investigator to unravel his mysterious disappearance. “Desert Cathedral” has indeed caught the attention of the industry bigwigs with some calling it a highly anticipated film which augurs well for the cast including the enigmatic Petra. As you will discover she’s already been lauded for having a memorable presence that has an edgy verve.

Petra has not once but twice garnered the Golden Seal Award for Best Actress for her exceptional work on stage. She’s enchanted audiences Off-Broadway and in several major regional theaters. On film, one of her memorable performances is as the medium by the name of Jennifer Glick in the horror film “The Pact” which stars Caity Lotz (Black Canary in “Arrow”). She also shone in “XX/XY” as a woman who falls for the charm of one Mark Ruffalo (before he was The Hulk) who is as slick as he is horny. In her upcoming feature “Wasteland”, Petra herself turns on the action as a bounty hunter pursuing a path of violence and murder along the Texas/Mexico border. With a series of incarnations that are so different onscreen, Petra’s bewitching versatility will have her shooting for the stars.

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