Cirque Inception

A young woman reveals the everyday routine that guides her to fit into the perception of society. While the film raises many questions, the main question is; whose perception do we see?

  • Joseph Valentino Palau
  • Joseph Valentino Palau
  • Helena Chamma
  • Helena Chamma
  • Helena Chamma
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
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    4 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 5, 2017
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Director Biography - Joseph Valentino Palau

Joseph Valentino Palau is currently finishing his Masters degree in film and media at Copenhagen University. He has been working in the entertainment industry for many years, as production assistant, assistant Director, Director and Producer. The American native has worked in Los Angeles for 5 years and moved to Denmark to follow his dream in filmmaking. After producing several projects in the USA. He also directed 22 episodes of Danish web series Perfect Pair. This is his first experimental film.

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Director Statement

Together with upcoming Danish Actress Helena Chamma, we wanted to take you into how women are perceived and put into a specific circle that society demands. Together with visuals and Voice over (English & Danish subtitles available) we try to take you into a state of discomfort. We see the main character as not the woman but rather the feeling, the emotion.

The purpose of the film is to raise emotions and feelings about the perception of woman. I was inspired by the Chinese film I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY by director Xiaogang Feng. The use of circle frame really changes perspective for the viewer. With CIRQUE INCEPTION the use of circle frame only added to the uncomfortable feeling we are trying to portray. The film originally was written as a narrative short but once we realized that the emotion can be presented much stronger as an experimental short I decided to change the genre. The importance of the film is to make the viewer feel something. During a test screening we found out that most people actually felt weird or distraught with themselves, rather than the main character. I find that very interesting. 

The visuals that where chosen were also very unique to the story line because I could have went with more body revealing shots of the actress but it was important to me to take the common, everyday acts of how women are perceived and to make them uncomfortable. To shed more on the use of circle frame , It was important to me to take away the viewers peripheral vision, thus allowing the viewer to focus on what society focuses on.

The poem in the beginning of the film was also an inspiration to the creation of the project. It details the inner feelings of a woman or man when fighting their insecurities. The serial killer voice on the end is to also raise a question. Is there a difference between the way a serial killer discuses bodies and the way society degrades women’s bodies?