SINOPSIS: 70’s trash movie queen Soledad Miranda wakes up from the dead, to find herself not in heaven but trapped in a film – the vision of a devoted fan. As her interaction with the “Auteur” reveals the extent of his obsession, she takes drastic steps to escape his reality.
The title comes from the word in English idol, but pronounced in Japanese, the word becomes idoru.
Director: João de Mendonça
Script: João de Mendonça and Guy Lodge
Executive Producer: Zhou Bing
Producer: Gaetan Rousseau
Production: Paradoxal Inc.
Co-Producers: João de Mendonça Lima Filho, Marthe de Mendonça Lima, João de Mendonça Lima Neto
Assistant Director: Ebbëto
Director of Photography: John Lynch
Art Director: Natalie Cassegrain
Editor: Antoine Manceaux
Color Grading: Fabien Pascal
Titles: Yorgo Tloupas
Graphic Design and Special Effects: Tiago Maia and Matthieu Prost
Sound Design: Gernot Fuhrman
Music: Trentemøller and Gabriel Guérin
Mixing: Mark Patterson
Art (Poster/DVD): Ale De Carvalho
João de Mendonça as the auteur
Carmen Cabrera as Soledad Miranda
Diane Pernet as the program “Destino” presenter
Special Appearance by Jess Franco
Florent Nemeta as man in the corridor
A BIT OF HISTORY
IDORU is my third short and the one I am most proud of. It took me three years to make. It only materialized when Mr. Zhou Bing, the executive producer granted me the funding and also when Jess Franco, the prolific director gave it his blessing. He gave an enormous boost by agreeing to take part in the film.
My biggest challenge afterwards, was to find the actress to portray Soledad Miranda for whom the film pays tribute. I looked in England, France, Spain and finally found her in the States. Four days before the shoot in New York and to my relief, I found the perfect talent in Carmen Cabrera. Not only she was Spanish but she also resembled astonishingly to Soledad.
It was an amazing and intense experience that I will never forget.