Pas de Deux

When a lonely young photographer befriends a ghost he can see through his camera, he is compelled to help him remember how he died.

  • Sofia Soto
  • Sofia Soto
  • Ufuk Gokkaya
  • Sofia Soto
  • Jed Cox
    Key Cast
    "Oliver "
  • Alejandro Zwartendijk
    Key Cast
    "Dante "
  • Felix Sutton
    Key Cast
    "Elliot "
  • Sahar Mason
    Key Cast
    "Raven "
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Mystery, Ghost Story, Queer, Drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 26, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    5K Red Dragon Epic-X
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Raindance Film School
Director Biography - Sofia Soto

London-based filmmaker originally from Mexico with three years of experience in production and post-production. Sofia moved to London in 2018 to pursue a career in filmmaking. Since then, she has collaborated on several short and feature films as camera assistant and editor, as well as a freelance filmmaker for companies such as Raindance Film Festival and King's College London and SOAS. She studied film studies for two years at Queen Mary University of London and, in 2022, enrolled at Raindance Film School where she is due to graduate with 'Pas de Deux' as her final film.

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Director Statement

Pas de Deux is a drama-fantasy film which explores the theme of connection in all its complexities: friendship, romance, family and the self, and the theme of love, which unites all these elements.

Despite our differences, connection is the element that bounds us the most as humans. As an immigrant,  I have become aware of the beauty of communicating with new people, as well as the difficulties of connecting with someone and the heartbreak that comes when this connection breaks through a lack of communication, distance, personal problems or the constraints of society.

Through the different elements in my film and by mixing these genres, my aim is to tell a different ghost story. Like Del Toro has done, I wanted the ghost in my film to deviate from the established conventions and common tropes derived from horror, such as ghosts often being vengeful, scary, and one-dimensional when created to threaten other characters. To oppose this, I focused on portraying my ghost’s humanity through his connection to the other characters in the film.