A ROUGH CUT OF LOVE (Um Corte Brusco de Amor)

With Alessandra Falbo

By Lud Mônaco

Special thanks to

Mônica, who lent me the camera

and Gabriel Cohen Tarica, the sound magician. Cheers guys!

All shot in a

Nuts Factory




Sound Recorder

Colour Grading

Permits nor

Music Rights


A camera in hand 



All the best to the 

HD Industry 




Running time: 7' 13''

Sound: Camera Sound

Filming Format: ProRes 422 (HQ)

Screening Format: Mp4/ ProRes 422 (HQ)/ H264

Genre: Docu-Fiction

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

V.O: Português/ English





Shooting location: 

Tottenham Hale, North London


(UK 2016)




Alessandra is a young Brazilian immigrant employed at a factory in North London. A working class heroine, she grafts hard to keep her position. Alessandra laughs, smokes and eats four Donuts a day from IKEA round the corner to help her keep going. She fears the day when the machines will come and she will either be promoted to machine operator or made redundant.  


Born in São Paulo in 1987, Lud Mônaco is a Brazilian screenwriter & director, whose work explores the female universe. She studied film at the Barcelona Film School (ECIB) and her graduation project 'Para, pero sigue' was awarded best short film at the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. Names such as Peter Handke were amongst the awarding panel. The film was also acquired by the well-known platform ShortsTV.

Many of her short films have been featured in major festivals, such as the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Mix Brasil and Sitges Film Festival. Her work has also been showcased in the prestigious Museum of Image and Sound of São Paulo. 'Enjoy the Drama', one of her short films, has been released in a collection by the Peccadillo Pictures. Lud Mônaco has been selected for the Berlinale Talents 2017 and and is currently developing her debut feature film, a tragicomedy set in Portugal. 


Based in both Barcelona and London, Lud has recently moved in to commercials, with her first project shooting for Uber. She is represented by Albiñana Films in Spain and Stable TV in the UK.

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“A Rough Cut Of Love” is another one of my camera-in-hand experiments which studies a real character from my inner circle. The piece portrays the work reality of Alessandra Falbo, a white and well-educated young Brazilian struggling to make her living in the UK. Except for the fact that she is a woman, all her atributes such as skin colour, high education and living-abroad status contribute to define her as a privileged citizen in her home country. However this privilege does not seem to apply in her country of residence.

The idea emerged at Alessandra’s studio, when I popped in for a visit one night and she told me about her new job. The fascination with which she described it to me, made me fall in love with the idea of filming what I was hearing. A few days later, I borrowed a Blackmagic Pocket with Mônica, a kind human being who doesn’t mind sharing her goods.


I then accompanied Alessandra for a whole working day, capturing her from when she steps in the early morning overground until she stumbles on her way back home.


Her precise job title remains ambiguous throughout the piece as I focus on the work structure and methodology. I aim to describe not what, but how. There is a direct dialog between the filmmaking and the subject portrayed. I use the rough aspects of the production such as camera sound, raw colours and shaky images to create a comparative parallel between the protagonist's work condition and mine as a filmmaker. Despite the precariousness, the lack of resources and the uncertainty about the future, we both still love what we do and try our best to enjoy what makes our living.

PS. My sincere apologises for any grammar mistakes. This statement was written in English in order to reach a wider and diverse public, however my mother tongue is Portuguese. 




Lud Mônaco

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April 2017

Festivals & Screenings

- 16ª MFL Mostra do Filme Livre (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) - In competition - 'Mundo Livre' section

- Ce l'ho Corto, Rassegna di Cortometraggi (Bologna, Italy)

- Independientes, Primer Festival de Cortometrajes (Arequipa, Peru)

- A Rough Cut of Love went on a tour around Brazil that started in July 2017. The short film was distributed by Mostra do Filme Livre in the action Cineclubes Livres and screened in the following states: Amazonas, Minas Gerais, Santa Catarina, Espírito Santo, Maranhão, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio Grande do Norte, Roraima, Mato Grosso, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Paraíba, São Paulo, Pernambuco, Ceará, Distrito Federal, Alagoas and Goiás; in over 50 different cities across the country. The tour finished late September 2017 in the US with a screening at the Boston University.

Full infohttp://mostradofilmelivre.com/17/info.php?c=12240

- MIRA - IV Lateinamerikanisches Independent Film Festival 

(Bonn, Germany)

- Unframed Festival 2018 (Berlin, Germany)

- Platforms Project 2019 (independent art fair - Atenas, Greece) - The short film is presented by Darling Pearls & Co 

- Museum of Impossible Forms (Helsinki, Filand) - October 2019 -

NOTNOW, a series of short films curated by Danai Anagnostou.

- LOOP Festival 2019 (Barcelona, Spain - November) - City Screen 'Pol & Grace Hotel'