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Love without a casket

Longing to lose herself in unrequited love, Luz recalls her mania for the object of her desire. Convinced of having taken possession of a part of him, she will plunge into an abyss of her own creation.

This silent short film intertwines the concepts 'object of desire' and 'shadow', as pointed out by Jacques Lacan and Carl Gustav Jung, respectively, twisting them into an oneiric context until reaching maddening consequences. It is also a respectful homage to Herbert Brenon's 1924's 'James M. Barrie's Peter Pan' (now in the public domain due to a lack of copyright renewal by Paramount).

Full synopsis (may contain spoilers):
Luz shares her house with two roommates: a young man who is her most beloved object of desire —for whom she's desperate and maddened, even though he's not attracted to her—, and the man's seductive but frigid girlfriend. After taking a shower while still dressed, Luz starts recalling her mania for him and begins to masturbate, eventually convincing herself of having taken possession of a part of him. Stripped from his complete persona, the man fails to persuade her girlfriend of having sex with him. Unable to enjoy this turn of events, Luz fantasizes with both what's real and what's not, ultimately finding pleasure in the absence of love.

Language: Spanish with English subtitles.

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  • Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021); 'We Are a Motive' (2021).
  • Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021); 'We Are a Motive' (2021).
  • Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021); 'We Are a Motive' (2021).
  • Mirsha Solorio
    Key Cast
  • Alexis Cárdenas
    Key Cast
    'We Are a Motive' (2021).
  • Ángel Carbellido
    Key Cast
  • Rodrigo Moreno Esquivel
    Assistant Director
  • Miriam González
    Production Design
  • Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
    Art Coordinator
  • Constanza 'Connie' Treviño
    Image Design
  • Christian Aldama
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021).
  • Constanza 'Connie' Treviño
  • Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet
    Film Editor
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021); 'We Are a Motive' (2021).
  • Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet
    Sound Design
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021); 'We Are a Motive' (2021).
  • Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
    Music coordinator
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021); 'We Are a Motive' (2021).
  • Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet
    Literary Editing
  • BabyFace Big Cast
  • Luigi Vidal
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Amor sin féretro
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Arthouse, Oneiric, Romance, Freudian, James Lacan, Dreamlike, Horror, Suspense, Silent, Montage, Latin, Hispanic, Mexican, Women's cinema, Women's rights, Cine de Arte, Cine mudo
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 MXN
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    4K UHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Bizarrya Short Film Festival
    Porto (Oporto)
    February 15, 2022
    Online Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Indie Online Film Award
    Kyiv (Kiev)
    February 26, 2022
    Ukranian Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • Gothamite Monthly Film Awards
    New York, New York
    United States
    March 1, 2022
    North American Premiere (Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen, 40 Bogart St)
    Best Experimental Short of the Month Award Winner
  • Filmysea International Short Film Festival
    Dombivli, Maharashtra
    March 25, 2022
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Brightlight Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    April 13, 2022
    Los Angeles Premiere (Westin Hotel Self Parking, Century Blvd)
    Official Selection
  • Cannes Shorts
    Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
    May 1, 2022
    French Premiere (Cineum Cannes)
    Best Experimental Film Nominee
  • Golden Giraffe International Film Festival
    Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
    April 3, 2022
    Nice Premiere (Pathé Masséna)
    Official Selection
  • First Women Film Festival
    Tabriz, East Azerbaijan
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    June 30, 2022
    Iranian Premiere (Art Film Tabriz)
    Women's Rights Award Winner
  • Dulcísimo Ovario Festival de Cine y Video Femenino
    Pachuca, Hidalgo
    September 22, 2022
    Mexican Premiere (Centro Cultural del Ferrocarril)
    Official Selection
  • Nawada International Film Festival
    Nawada, Bihar
    September 18, 2022
    Bihar Premiere (Grill Inn [ग्रिल ईन] Hotel Maharaja)
    Best Experimental Short Award Winner / Best Silent Short/Feature Award Winner
  • Golden Sand International Film Festival
    September 20, 2022
    Turkish Premiere (Grand Pera Emek Sahnesi)
    Honorable Mention
  • Ekurhuleni International Film Festival
    Germiston, Gauteng
    South Africa
    November 24, 2022
    South African Premiere (Dumisani Masilela)
    Best Editing Finalist
  • NexGn International Short Film Festival
    Pune, Maharashtra
    January 29, 2023
    Maharashtra Premiere (Utsav Lawns & Gardens)
    Best Art Coordinator Semi-Finalist / Best Assistant Director Semi-Finalist
  • Horror Unleashed
    Porto (Oporto)
    November 30, 2022
    Portuguese Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Bettiah International Film Festival
    Bettiah, Bihar
    December 15, 2022
    Bettiah Premiere (Town Hall)
    Best Foreign Short Award Winner
  • Sittannavasal International Film Festival
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    December 18, 2022
    Chennai Premiere (Raviprasad Film Labs)
    Best Trailer Award Winner
  • Gully International Film Festival
    Patna, Bihar
    December 20, 2022
    Patna Premiere (Boring Road)
    Best Editing Award Winner
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    Athens, Attica
    January 4, 2023
    Greek Premiere (Diana Cinema)
    Honorable Mention
  • London International Monthly Film Festival
    London, England
    United Kingdom
    June 10, 2023
    British Premiere (Λονδίνο, Αγγλία)
    Best Short Film Finalist
  • Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions by Lift-Off Global Network
    United Kingdom
    May 1, 2023
    Buckinghamshire Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Luminosa Canal
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Free TV
  • Luminosa Films
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video / Disc
Director Biography - Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz

Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz was born in 1983 in Mexico City, in the cradle of a family of musicians. A fanatic of the seventh art, Mexican melodrama and classical literature, she developed her abilities in different artistic disciplines from an early age, including Acting for Musical Comedies at the Artestudio academy. Years later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (her thesis in the "Incidency of Nervous Anorexia and Bulimia in a group of female ballet dancers" was selected by the Tepeyac University Degree Department as the best of 2007). Being a cinephile, she gained a certain popularity online as an amateur movie reviewer, years before the rise of modern social media. This was a milestone that led her to collaborate with the online magazine "F.I.L.M.E. Magazine", providing her cinematographic analysis of several works, and to be featured as a guest in National Polytechnic Institute Radio (Radio Instituto Politécnico Nacional). In 2010, she attained a scholarship from the General Society of Writers of Mexico (SOGEM), and upon finishing her studies in literature —while working as a member of the Neurological Center Research Department at the ABC Medical Center Hospital—, she contributed to the aforementioned insitution's scientific magazine "Medical Annual" (Anales Médicos) while looking for a creative outlet. It was then when, in 2014, CONACULTA (today the Ministry of Culture [Secretaría de Cultura]) selected her as the Art House and Auteur Film T.V. spot screenwriter for the Cinema 22 film block, at Channel 22 (Canal 22). Her artistic career naturally branched off into the making of the short films "The Gift" (El Regalo, 2015) —made the same year she finished her Film Directing course, thaught by mexican filmmaker and actor Diego Luna—, "Nothing is what it seems" (Nada es lo que parece, 2016) and "Abyss" (Abismo, 2017), all of which she wrote and directed, ultimately getting them screened in several National Festivals; one of these shorts, particularly, on the screens of the National Cinematheque of Mexico (Cineteca Nacional De México). She decided to continue increasing her knowledge with a Master's Degree in Cinematography from Altrafílmica, which at the end she complemented —after being chosen for a scholarship by the editor, writer and director Juan Pablo Cortés ("Love Hurts" [Amar te duele, 2002]; "Luciana", 2010)— with the Film Editing course at the Center for Cinematographic Studies (CEC) in Mexico City. In 2018, she married actor and film editor Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet, and enjoyed a well-deserved break from cinema that led her to publish three literary fiction novels: "Amnesty", (Amnistía, 2018), "Steve's boater: Truth and life" (El canotier de Steve: La verdad y la vida", 2020), and "A wakefulness of indocility" (Un desvelo de indocilidad, 2021). After this very productive hiatus, she's finally come back to filming for good, writing and directing the 2021 released short films "Neither you nor I" (Ni tú ni yo), "Misplace the rabbits" (Extraviar los conejos), and "We are a motive" (Somos un motivo); and her 2022 silent short film "Love without a casket" (Amor sin féretro), showcased on her very own free streaming channel

Maria currently resides somewhere in the beautiful and mysterious Mexico, where she enjoys conversations about literature and cinema with her husband; while tending to the endless demands of her two attention-freak cats.

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"To capture the most terrible sensations in the world is what has defined my chaotic way of thinking. A way that some have found beautiful".

(Spanish) "Captar las sensaciones más terribles del mundo es lo que ha definido mi pensamiento caótico. Pensamiento que a unos cuantos ha parecido bello".