She believes that the story of her life is the most extraordinary story. Who is filming her, believes that he is in front of the character of his life. Immersed in the desire to make a movie, they play. They show themselves as they would like to be seen. She is serving a sentence for a brutal murder.
Title: This Film is About Me
Internacional title: This Film is About me
Estimated length: 61 minutes.
Shooting format: HD
Screening format: DCP
Country of production: Spain
Original language: English, German
Produced by: El Viaje Films · ADBFILM · 59 En Conserva · Canary Islands Connection
Production year: 2018
Release year: 2019
Aspect Ratio: 1:37,1
Sound: Dolby 5.1
Director: Alexis Delgado Búrdalo
Script: Alexis Delgado Búrdalo, Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Editor: Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Camera: Alexis Delgado Búrdalo
Sound mixing: Francesco Lucarelli
Color: Cayetano Martín
Participant’s name: Renata Felicitas-Soskey
Producers: Jose A. Alayón (El Viaje Films), Alexis Delgado Búrdalo (ADB Film), Irene Borrego (59 en Conserva), Luis Renart (Canary Islands Connection)
Visions du Reel | International Film Festival Nyon
I met Renata by chance a few years ago and quickly became entranced by her charisma and enigmatic personality. I found it fascinating to watch and listen to her and soon it became clear: I had found the protagonist for my film. I soon discovered that the feeling was mutual and that she, happily, had chosen me as her director, almost as if she had been waiting for this encounter for a long time. On this foundation of trust we set out on an adventure to make a film together, a film with all of the limitations and difficulties of a prison, shot with just a small camera and an audio recorder. Despite this we both filmed with strength and conviction, we were involved with something important to us and our lives. Our time was limited and we were aware that it would run out; we both knew this. But we filmed, possessed by a strange sensation of freedom and play, a feeling that I at least, hadn’t felt since my childhood. Much later, in the editing studio, I discovered that it was very difficult to paint a portrait of Renata. The images we shot expressed intimate gestures with out expressing a specific story. I filmed her without judgment, not giving much importance to where we were, fascinated by her gaze and her charisma. I sought out what connected me to her rather than what separated us. The subject of the murder was always an uncomfortable topic for both of us. It was the tragic story of the painter that brought structure and shape to this film despite this, This Film is About Me is a film that is more about the desire to live in imagination and poetry rather than in the difficult and sad reality that surrounds us.
Alexis Delgado Búrdalo