SHE MADE IT
A poem of broken interiors by Lud Mônaco
3. Trailer & Synopsis
4. Director's Statement & Stills
5. We Made It
6. Director's Bio
7. Executive Producer
9. Behind the Scenes
10. Festivals, Contact & Press Kit
Title: 'SHE MADE IT'
Running time (in minutes): 4'
Filming Format: .Mov
Screening Format: DCP/ H264
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pre-production: 1 week
Shooting: 4 days
Post-production: 2 months
Datça - Turkey
Budget (approx): £5.000
(Turkey - UK)
"...In 'She Made It', Lud Mônaco incides in a subject that she has developed in most of her short films: the woman confronting with her own destiny. That girl who comes out of the waters and is quickly swallowed by a destroyed and solitary world, gets fully into one of the constants of the director's narratives. Lud Mônaco uses the voice-over with an impeccable perfection and disassembles along just over four minutes a deep reflexion on life and death, with a very meaningful final note about the metaphysical and philosophical elements that caracterizes her work. 'She Made It' reaffirms the narrative maturity of Lud Mônaco, a singular director of impacting sensations and deep reflections."
By M-F. Ruiz de Villalobos,
Spanish Film Critic (No sólo Cine)
"Visually and thematically beautiful, Lud Mônaco has created a film that stays with you long after you have watched the last moment."
The Lobster (2015)/ The Imitation Game (2014)
"This is a poetic and rather philosophical short film which is brilliantly edited, beautifully and elegantly shot. The narrator takes us on a short yet powerful journey into the psyche of an individual, a woman (or a girl even - given that the actress in the film looks very young). The meanings in the film are deep - they allow the audience to question the meaning of life and why we do what we do and what it means when we don't do things in a certain way. There seems to be no right or wrong answer. The images are effective - they represent a sense of broken-ness - perhaps at heart or at life. The colours are well chosen to accompany the poetic nature of the film. Overall, though, the film allows the audience to stop for a minute (or around 4 mins) and think about what it is that we do in life and more importantly why."
Dr Eylem Atakav
Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies
University of East Anglia
"Aesthetically imaginative, 'She Made It' is like a razor. The short film unites a strong, eloquent and reverberant thought to the stunted images of a reverie, a silent agony... The pain, the discontent become palpable even if just for a few minutes."
Entertainment editor of IG web portal (Brazil)
3. TRAILER & SYNOPSIS
A young lady wanders through the building of an afterparty, meditating on her life. She searches for a way out of her ruined and solitary world but cannot escape confronting her destiny.
4. DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT & STILLS
'She Made It' is the result of visiting an incredible country in deep crisis. But in the middle of the chaos and uncertainty appeared the poetics of decadence: unfinished constructions, collapsed buildings, abandoned houses surrounded by natural beauty. In Datça there was a painting everywhere I looked.
Such landscape inspired me to illustrate cinematically the incertitudes that youths of my generation may empathise. 'She Made It' is a mood piece about a tormented young lady who is in search of a relief for her restlessnesses. It's a meditation on one’s broken interior, starring an apathetic and minimalistic performance by a disheveled hair girl, shifting around a solitary and spoiled world. She's haunted by insecurity regarding love, truth and the future.
The editing intercalates images of the character in the sea and wandering through a ruined building. It intends to create a parallel between two different worlds, the meditative reality and the spiritual. The collage of multitudinous locations and overwhelming visual cues aim to evoke the passage of time one experiences when meditating. The audience may have the feeling that the piece was longer than it actually is. The sonorous design is composed by elements inherent in the landscape, mixed with the sounds of the protagonist's reflection and feelings. It seeks to create an intense and evolving mood and is determining in to struct this experimental narrative.
24 hours with dishevelled hair and no sleep, the film is about this girl but also all of us, troopers of existence.
5. WE MADE IT
Talent: Catarina Rodrigues
Written & Directed by Lud Mônaco
Executive Producer: Yeşim Guzelpinar (Balik Arts)
Co-producer: Diyarbakir Cevre ve Kalkinma Dernegi
Assistant Director: Oğulcan Köyler
Camera and DOP: Mehmet Cenk Cinaloğlu
Gaffer: Mustafa Şeker
Focus Puller: Hasan Baltacı
Dolly Operator: Mustafa Şeker
Best Boys: Muhammed Özçelik & Berat Karakaş
Producers: Mehmet Cenk Cinaloğlu & Lud Mônaco
Production Manager: Yusuf Sönmez
Runner: Büşra Güngör
Sound Design & Re-recording mixer:
Mario Martinez Cobos
Voice-over Recorder: Görkem Adır
Voice-over Interpreter: Lud Mônaco
Original Soundtrack: Mark Aanderud
Clarinets & Flute: Daniel Zlotnik
Editing: Lud Mônaco & Martina Piazza
Color Grading: Martina Piazza
Production Designer: Lud Mônaco
Art Director: İrem Gültekin
Wardrobe & Make-up:
Script translation & Turkish interpreters:
Catering & Accommodation:
Hüseyin Koç Volkan Koç
Fatih Hasan Can
Behind the scenes:
Yesim Guzelpinar/ Inez Martina Mihaldinecz/ Alexandra-Maria Cocis/ Beverley Carpenter/ Qasim Iqbal/ Öykü Eğri/ Oscar George Pope/ Eda Bülbül/ Maira Watanabe Falseti/ Farhan Qadir Ahmed/ Finlay Cox/ Jabraiz Arshad/ Mohammad Abas/ Hakan Egri/ Zara Mirabelle Cooper/ Ceren Özbudun/ Eleanor Alice Sanders Wright/ Simone Claire Dembitzer/ Daniel Szalay/ Sadie Few/ Burcu Eğri/ Mehmetcan Uçar/ Cemre Can/ Metin Doğan/ Büşra Demirbaş/ Ayşe Petek Kadıoğlu/ Büşra Güngör/ Murat Çesme/ Fatma Gizen Çapan/ Fatma Nur Yoğuran/ Yakup Aktürk/ Görkem Adır/ Kamuran Berat/ Karakas Muhittin/ Suat Caner Lokman/ Ayzit Sefa Çobanoglu/ Yalçin Altinsoy/ Berfin Salihouglu/ Emine Şelli/ Büsra Güngor/ Mehmet Canuçar/ Fatih Sultan/ Dincer Seyhmus/ Yildiz Misbah Kömür/ Mehmet Harun/ Özer Süleyman/ Karadag Büsra/ Demirbas Handenur/ Ergogan Leyla Adlim/ Ayse Petek/ Kadioglu/ Kagan Gökdeniz
Yuichiro Kikuma/ Charlotte Seebeck/ Fabian Altenried/ Amina Handke
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 bought 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.
7. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Yeşim Güzelpınar is the founder and director of UK based charity Balik Arts and the director of Golden Island International Film Festival in North Cyprus. Originally born in Turkey, she has an MSc in European Social Policy from LSE. Her career has primarily focused on community development work with disadvantaged groups and the promotion of culture, arts and film. Filmmaking workshops, screenings and transnational partnership projects are among the main projects she runs. She is also a programmer in Dhaka International Film Festival.
Balik Arts is a UK registered charity and non-profit company. We are set up to work with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people specialising in provision of education, training and diversion programmes through arts. We aim to increase young people’s engagement in their society and create a positive sense of citizenship.
Diyarbakir Cevre ve Kalkinma Dernegi is a ONG based in Diyarbakir, South East Turkey. As a continuous development provider, we are committed to ensure the exchange of practical knowledge and skills.
We work for social development of young people in Diyarbakir and we organise activities to improve their social development. Diyarbakir Cevre ve Kalkinma Dernegi believes that the future of our society depends on the skills that young people will start acquiring from today.
Based on this belief, our association keeps making an effort to create a youth policy which aims to benefit young people, especially the ones who have economic, educational, social, physical and geographical obstacles.
9. BEHIND THE SCENES
10. FESTIVALS, CONTACT & PRESS KIT
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Completion date: September 2017
World Premiere: 16th Dhaka International Film Festival (January 2018 - Bangladesh)
- Angus-Hughes Gallery (Summer Salon Screening 2017 - London, UK)
- 4th Ce L'ho Corto (Bologna, IT)
- 17th Mostra do Filme Livre (Rio de Janeiro, BR)
- 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (DE) * Cover Page of Festival's Magazine *
- Bienal Internacional Dona i Cinema "Official Selection Videoart" (Valencia, SPA)
- Mostra Viva del Mediterrani - "Videocreación" - 2019 (Valencia, SPA)