Private Project


Deceitfully playing with stereotypes, Mantis questions whether identity is something imposed on us or something to be uncovered. The short film follows a young woman of Asian descent fulfilling the expectation of Western society. Slowly, she begins to question whether her actions are simply the result of how she has been conditioned to think and whether ultimately after so many years this has effectively become her identity. Challenging how truly comfortable we feel in our skin, Mantis cleverly poses the question of who’s in charge of (de)constructing our identity.

  • Albert Grabuleda
  • Albert Grabuleda
  • Redwood Team
  • Raquel Vidal
  • Nil Santané
  • Ivan V.Jiménez
  • Albert Grabuleda
  • Tinna Jinn
    Key Cast
  • Yogaray Martínez
    Key Cast
  • Ivan V. Jiménez
    Director of Photography
  • Blai Carriet
    Art Director
  • Sandra Martín
    Makeup and hair stylist
  • Jasmina Bassoles
  • Dani Trujillo
    Music/sound coordination and additional music
  • Joaquin Rodado
  • Luís Fernández Bañuelos
  • Albert Grabuleda
  • Yulia Bulashenko
    Color Grading
  • Niccolò Montanari
    Publicist and Film Festival Distribution
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Director Biography - Albert Grabuleda

Born in Barcelona (Spain), Grabuleda began his journey in the film industry as an actor in films and tv commercials, making notes along the way for stories to create later on as a filmmaker. He then moved onto direction, initially short films and then commercials, enjoying the challenge of bringing a whole narrative to life in a limited amount of time. Grabuleda’s extensive experience in acting has allowed him to be particularly comfortable working with actors and talent. His strength lies in digging deep into the peculiarities of the human mind and being able to tell unusual stories in a clear, detailed and palatable way.

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Director Statement

“In Western cultures we see mantises are deadly and cruel creatures. But actually only in 20% of the cases do the females feed on the males after sex. But does our perception matter more than reality, when it comes to identity? This is what lies at the core of Mantis - an ongoing conversation as to how we can break away from preimposed stereotypes and truly own our identities.”