This is one of my last projects for University. The aim was to write a script about the financial crisis influenced by a cinema director's point of view. What most interested me was how the economic crisis affected each individual differently, depending on their age, social class and their perceptions to life: a 15 year old is affected differently than a mother. Moreover, the film illuminates the complex understandings of money and value. For example, the financial crisis brings more emotions to an already complex set of emotions which dictate our lives.
My inspiration was Ingmar Bergman (and in particular movies such as Cries and Wispers and Persona) because I admire the way he combines a subtle and harsh approach to dialogues. This is particularly apparent in the unfamiliar, yet powerful relationship between his characters. Furthermore, his use of steady and firm shots create a strong relationship with the dialogue. Finally, some sequences are inspired by Woody Allen's work in Husbands and Wives.
The Flamenco dancer represents Art. These shots, contrary to the black and white shots that see the story evolving, are in color. I made this choice in order to represent Art as an uncorrupted element of life.
For me, the challenge of this project lied in the way I directed the actors: we barely had time and creating both the relationship between mother and daughter and the particular feelings towards money and life value, wasn't easy at all. I am also satisfied with the script, which hits sensitive parts of everyday-life in Spain during the crisis; beyond the strictly economic implications.
A big thanks goes to my dad, who played the boss. It was hard to convince him to be involved, he is not an actor and he hates being in front of the camera but he wasn't bad at all!