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The Burning

Carmilla, a girl with a rare skin disease that makes it burn, comes of age as she witnesses the relationship of the two female nurses taking care of her as they burn too, but in a triangle of love, passion and jealousy.

  • Jorge Ojeda - Davila
    A Missed Connection
  • Jorge Ojeda - Davila
  • Luka Stemberger
  • Johan Eskew
  • Rebecca Barry
    Key Cast
  • Florence Cady
    Key Cast
  • Ethel Crowe
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 29, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Feratum International Horror, Fantasy and Sci-Fi Film Festival
    October 8, 2016
    International Premiere
    Jury Special Mention
  • Morelia International Film Festival
    October 25, 2016
  • Oaxaca International Film Festival
    October 11, 2016
  • Post Mortem International Horror & Bizarre Film Fest
    October 28, 2016
Director Biography - Jorge Ojeda - Davila

Jorge Ojeda (Morelia, Mexico, 1979) studied Communication Science at the UVAQ, Morelia; and a Master in Science with Specialty in Communications at the Tec de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey. He studied a postgrad degree in Filmmaking at the London Film School in the UK. In 2011 his short film “Making Art” was exhibited at the New Gallery London; his short film “A Missed Connection” was part of the Official Competition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), and broadcasted nationwide on Conaculta’s TV channel Canal 22. The Mexican National Council for Culture and the Arts awarded him the prestigious “FONCA Scholarship 2011”. In 2012 his shortfilm “Heart of Gold” was selected in competition at the FICM 2012, and in 2013 the Scottish feature film “Blackbird”, in which he collaborated as assistant camera and gaffer, competed at the the Edinburgh International Film Festival, receiving special praise for its cinematography. In 2014, Jorge worked as a Director of Cinematography and Script Consultant on the short film “Historias”, winner at the Morelia Film Festival of the Best Online Mexican Shortfilm Award.

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Director Statement

The idea of the film came up very natural for me as since I was a child, I was obsessed with vampires. I dreamt of being one and always collected stories and movies about them. I had an experience around that time, playing a prank on our house maids with my siblings, when we pretended that we were vampires, and the prank went wrong, one of the maids, in her innocence, actually believed it. We got scolded but then I thought, what if it actually was true? I played with the idea until the siblings disappeared from a draft, the maids became nurses, and then the characters just came into being forging what became the script for “The Burning”.
The look and feel of the film has been inspired by the films Persona and Fanny and Alexander from director Ingmar Bergman, and by Pan's Labyrynth by director Guillermo del Toro.Persona is about a nurse taking care of a patient and as they develop a relationship, feelings between them arise. Fanny and Alexander is a family drama seen through the eyes of two kids, who at some point experience magic. As Bergman said in his book The Magic Lantern: The prerogative of childhood is to move unhindered between magic and oatmeal porridge, between boundless terror and explosive joy. There were no boundaries except prohibitions and regulations, which were shadowy, mostly incomprehensible . . ."
In Fanny and Alexander magic and ghosts and life and death coexist side by side and the creative imagination of childhood fantasy becomes a temporary escape from the bleakness of reality, such as it happens in Pan's Labyrynth, where a girl, trying to escape from the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, creates a fantasy where she is a fairy and has to complete tasks to go back to her Kingdom.
In The Burning, Carmilla tries to make sense of her disease that doesn't allow her to see the daylight, by believing that she is a vampire. Telling our story from the perspective of a child sets us free in the realm of fantasy and imagination.