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Empty Spaces

An old woman and her housekeeper live alone in a big house. As the older woman's body starts to betray her, the housekeeper sees to take care of her, changing the boundaries of their relationship. At the same time the housekeeper faces the decision to go home and take care of her family or remain in her job far away from them.

  • Clara Stephanie Schieber Lorenesi
  • Clara Stephanie Schieber Lorenesi
  • Hans Schieber
  • Regina Lorenesi
  • Clara Stephanie Schieber Lorenesi
  • Ana Cecilia Mota
    Key Cast
    "Irene "
  • María Teresa Martinez
    Key Cast
    "Agnes "
  • Valerie Andrews
    Key Cast
  • Icela Hernández
    Key Cast
    "Marina "
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Espacios Vacíos
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
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    Digital Sony F65
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Director Biography - Clara Stephanie Schieber Lorenesi

I’m a Guatemalan filmmaker, storyteller and photographer. After getting a BA in Business Administration and a Diploma in photography, I managed to get work as a fashion and commercial photographer.
As a side project I did a photo reportage about three women that work as housemaids in Guatemala City, titled Mujeres Invisibles (Invisible Women). This turned out to be the seed for my graduation film from The London Film School, called Espacios Vacíos (Empty Spaces).

My work is inspired by the stories of many unsung heroines of this modern world.

I am currently teaching Storytelling at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

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Director Statement

The film shows the deep division between social classes that is still the norm in Guatemala, a vestige of colonialism.

At the same time the short tries to show the difficulties of aging and working far away from those you love.