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Poetry Only Dies When It Ends

This film was born during the Master in Filmmaking at Escuela Superior de Cine de Cataluña (ESCAC), and it was chosen among the best projects from the 2016 class.

Adelaida Lamas

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This film was born in 2016 during the Master in Filmmaking at Escuela Superior de Cine de Cataluña (ESCAC), as a final graduation project. It is written and directed by Adelaida Lamas. Nowadays, it is being shoot again with more means after ESCAC Films has decided to select it to produce it.

POETRY ONLY DIES WHEN IT ENDS

It tells a tiny but brave story about the friendship, self-improvement and courage of two teenaged friends (19 years old) who are growing up, but they still feel pretty lost. It is a bitter and emotional portrait of one of them: Beatriz, who after a strange discovery needs to make a change in her life. That becomes her main stimulus, which pushes her to believe in herself. She will find that being human means having deep longings for something magical to happen in our lives.

Photograph: Pablo de Pastors

The Project

It is born from the risk and ambition of some filmmaking students who wanted to make movies from the first internship they got; shooting exteriors, at night, and following some characters closely with a hand-camera trying to reach their inside world. This ambition was accompanied by a good dose of complications that made the shooting something tragic that kept testing us. Even so, our eagerness of moving forward has always been bigger than the setbacks that multiplied our budget as we carried on. We have shot a lot, and we haven’t stopped until we found the material we were looking for. Our thank-you list is endless, because this project has been built thanks to the big human chain formed by La poesía sólo muere cuando termina’s team, our friends and families, and other wonderful people that have believed on this project. Everyone has grown up along with our characters and, if there’s something that we have learnt, it is that the love for what we do can beat anything.

Photograph: Pablo de Pastors

Your help

With this initiative that we now launch from Verkami, we want to make sure that every person who collaborates with making our dream a reality can become a part of it, and that we can thank you for joining us in our adventure of taking 'La poesía sólo muere cuando termina' to the theatres. Expenses have surpassed 5,000 euros just in shooting, which has to be added to the 3,000 euros for the final mixing (master HDCAM, DCP and QT HD). At this point in time, we have no more money to invest on this project and on the important things that it still needs. :----( That is why we have set the minimum goal in 4,500 euros; that’s the last push we need to take the leap into distributing this film in an international circuit of festivals , where we can make it known, as well as paying the taxes and the costs of the crowdfunding process (taxes, prices).

With your help, we can make this narrative film reach as far as possible to fill the big screen with poetry. A film which is launching the work of many people who have worked their fingers to the bone without getting paid anything in return.

Comments of the director

I was fortuned enough to work on this project for months with people who supported me and are full of talent. My intention was to write a story with an academic structure that contained something tiny that would become bigger at the end of the film. Something that would be worth it to present to the spectator: a universal trip. The story that I developed, although it is not autobiographical, flourishes from the fear to grow up created by a personal reflection at a moment of vital change after my brand new maternity. I was keen on it being a voyage of discovery that stimulated the learning and evolution of the characters, using as a background a decadent aesthetic, halfway between experimental and naturalistic, with the outskirts of Barcelona as the setting for their adventure. The locations are part of the story they describe and help define characters that feel left out by society. Personally, I am interested in contrasts. The human being is contradictory, and I create characters that eare full of contradictions, and therein lies their beauty –or at least that is where my interest is focused-. I believe that life is made of opposites, and that in the most complex of emotions we usually find this kind of struggle within our own feelings. Nothing is entirely of one colour. That is what I wanted to develop in this story. Emotions act on two different levels at all times. Nothing is just funny, nor is it all sad.

This experimental intent of searching for the unknown and of growing through experiences led us to extremely difficult times. One of the biggest challenges we took on was to work with non-professional actresses in order to find hidden truths that are uncontrollable on the set, and that would have never been there otherwise. Finding the magic and catching it for a few seconds just to let it go again. That was our challenge.

I can only say that, despite every setback, I’ll always remember warmly the fantastic human team that I worked with. They gave it all, proving day after day that they firmly believed in what we were doing: telling stories that were worth being shared without sacrificing a single ounce of the natural beauty that dwells on the simple thing in life. I hope you now feel like believing in us and in poetry!

Photograph: Pablo de Pastors

Cast

PAULA AYET
KRIS STÖLHE

ALBERT RIERA
JONATHAN ALVES
ANNA MASFERRER
MIREIA VALLÉS
ALBERTO BELTRÁN
PAU ZEISS

Crew

Director & Script: ADELAIDA LAMAS
Line Producer: MARTA ÁVILA
Director of Photography & Camera: SOFÍA OCAÑA
Edited by: JÚLIA OBIOLS
Assistant Director: LAIA VAELLO, MARTÍ COLOMER
Script: EDGAR ALCÁNTARA
Production Manager: VÍCTOR GARRIDO
Production Assistants: ROGER AMAT, BORI MO, JORDI PETIT, ANDREI C. GRIGORIU, JOSÉ PARCERISA
Art Director: MÓNICA LLOP
Makeup & Hairdresser: ENRIC FARRÀS
Costume Design: OLALLA DÍAZ, CATARINA COSTEIRA
Cinematographer Team: DIEGO ENSESA, ALINA O'DONNELL, GEMMA ILLA, ANDREA CARDOZO, ALBERT CANTALLOPS, GUILLEM PONS, CAROLINA NOBLEGA
Direct Sound: JOAQUÍN FAÚNDEZ, ARIADNA PUIG, GABRIEL COHEN, DAVID RUBIO, MANUEL BURILLO, GISELA MAESTRE, JORDI PUIG
Translator: NOEMÍ ARNAL
Edit Assistant: ESTANIS BAÑUELOS
VFX: LUIS COSSIO
Sound Designer: ARTURO ARIAS, ELOY RODRIGUEZ DE LA ROSA
Still Photo: PABLO DE PASTORS
Original Music: ELOI MANEN
Graphic Design & Credits: ROGER AMAT

Photograph: Pablo de Pastors

Technical Details

Format - Digital (C300)
Duration - 15 minutes
Language - Spanish
Colour-B/N - Colour
Genre - Drama indie

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The campaign lasts from Nov. 2nd to Dec. 11th, 2016. Once we reach our common goal: we will send your rewards starting on 15/1/2017, and in February we will start studying what is the best Festivals itinerary for this Film with a distributor.

We will keep you updated!

The preview will be in April 2017 at Cinesa Diagonal in Barcelona. We’ll see you there!

Thank you very much for your support and for joining us in this journey!!

LOVE AND POETRY

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Special appreciation on credits and our endless affection for taking care of our culture
+ Exclusive Still Frame, printed and dedicated
+ DVD of the movie
After the Premier on Festivals
+ TOTEBAG
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of 'La poesía sólo muere cuando termina' limited edition. Designed by Roger Amat, and produced in Barcelona at 'Barba Estudio' for manual serigraph.
+ Copy of the original SCRIPT, signed
+ A2 POSTER
+ 2 TICKETS for a one-hour PRIVATE PASS at the theatre ZUMZEIG CINE COOPERATIVA in Barcelona for 'La poesía sólo muere cuando termina', and a VERY SPECIAL selection of unpublished independent short films made for the occasion

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of 'La poesía sólo muere cuando termina' limited edition. Designed by Roger Amat, and produced in Barcelona at 'Barba Estudio' for manual serigraph.
+ A2 POSTER of the movie
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