Filmmaker’s Name and Title): Gabriel Fernández-Gil, Director
Film Name: Sharks
Length of film: 11 minutes
Genre: Black comedy
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
Steve (a British ex-pat living in the Spanish "Costa del Sol") is identifying the recently drowned body of his wife with Gabriela (a Spanish police-woman with delusions of grandeur), and an inappropriate sexual tension begins to flourish between the two. From that point on things get hectic, to say the least.
What inspired you to make this film?
After finishing film school I was looking for material to shoot, black comedy, as that's one of the genres I came to love most during my tuition, and I regularly encountered my high school English teacher, Clive Lane, on the bus home. He told me that he had been writing things for micro-teatro (a short-form theater movement that was becoming popular amongst independent venues in Madrid), but he always wondered how those same pieces would work in film and I was excited to read what he got, as we used to share the same sense of humor. I read Sharks and fell in love with all the humor and metaphors it hid within the dialogue and action, so we quickly began to build up the team and embarked on the production of the film!
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
Locke, Hot Fuzz, El Milagro de P. Tinto
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
An utter love for Tennessee Williams' work, other than that this festival will be my first connection to Mississippi. The reason I applied to this festival is because I'm working with a distribution company that really recommended us to apply to this festival, so we didn't think it twice.
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
We've written the feature-length version of this short film and are working hard to shoot it, so hopefully you'll know more about us soon!
Thank you very much, and I hope the festival goes fantastically well.