Private Project

On the Second Floor

Aurora is an old woman, and like many people her age, she lives alone in a small apartment in Madrid. She lives a simple, monotonous life, so any change in her routine is something eventful. Her husband passed away several years ago so she has no family. Consequently, her only visitor is a little sparrow that comes to her window every morning. All her old friends and neighbors in the building are either deceased or living in a nursing home. Many of her new neighbors never stay long or are young people with very busy lives. As a result, no one even notices that Aurora exists. She feels alone and neglected as she looks melancholically at all the things surrounding her… constantly reminding her of the past.

  • Marco Araujo
  • Marco Araujo
  • Marco Araujo
  • Ana Dolado
  • Fernando Araujo
  • María Galiana
    Key Cast
  • Rubén Arranz
    Key Cast
  • Ana Dolado
    Key Cast
  • Ana Gimeno
    Key Cast
  • Lucía Yanguas
    Key Cast
  • Sonia Mato
    Key Cast
  • Pilar Gil
    Key Cast
  • Jose Antonio García
    Key Cast
  • Juan Utiel
    Key Cast
  • Fernando Araujo
    Key Cast
  • Oscar Piñuela
    Key Cast
  • Candela Campoamor
    Director of Photography
  • Inés Sanchez-Robles
  • Ángela Herreros
  • Carla Bueno
    Camera operator
  • Ana Torbado
    Assistant Director
  • Ainhoa Lería
    Production manager
  • Violeta Soliva
    Script supervisor
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    En el segundo izquierda
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Solitude, Old age
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 22, 2021
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - IES Isaac Newton
Director Biography - Marco Araujo

Marco Araujo Dolado (Madrid 24/08/2004) became interested in filmmaking at a very early age. He directed his first short films when he was 11 and 12 years old. Shortly afterwards he produced, together with several classmates, various short films and a documentary about the Spanish Republic and the Civil War: "Una guerra al lado de mi casa" ("A War Next to My Home").
In January 2017 and 2019, he won the City of Tudela Children's Short Story Competition in his category with the stories "Doña Fina" (“Ms. Fina”) and "Cocinando" (“Cooking”), the latter being the basis of his first serious short film, which he wrote, directed, and produced by himself in the summer of 2018, at the age of 13.
In the spring of 2019, Marco shot his second short film "La Habitación del Piano", (“Room with a Piano”) for which he also composed and performed part of the music, with the collaboration and participation of the musical group "La clave".
In 2019, he won the XXXVII Certamen Antonio Robles with the story "El libreto", for which he is currently adapting a short film script.
In 2020 and 2021, his two main short films were selected at several national and international festivals. His third short film, "No Abras esa Naranja" (“Don’t Open It”), also selected at several competitions, was made during the Covid-19 lockdown in Spain, 2020. In April 2021, he was interviewed by Pilar Socorro on the Radio 3 programme "Españ".
In the summer of 2021, Marco finally had the opportunity to produce his short film, "En el Segundo Izquierda" (On the Second Floor), starring María Galiana, thanks to the collaboration of film students. “On the Second Floor” premiered in October 2021 in Madrid.

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