THE DARKNESS THAT YOU FEAR

"The Darkness That You Fear" immerses us fully in the day-to-day life of Melissa, a young fighter, happy and funny who, at her thirty-two years old, must face breast cancer. This unexpected illness in her life, the treatment prior to the surgical intervention, as well as the fact of having to accept the transformations that her body undergoes, make her deepest fears surface.

  • Melissa Morán
    Director
  • Melissa Morán
    Writer
  • Melissa Morán
    Producer
  • Melissa Morán
    Key Cast
    Message Sent
  • Ángel Berbel
    Poster Designer
  • Adrián Iglesias
    Camera Operator
  • Mercedes Feter
    Camera Operator
  • Jose Peñalver
    Camera Operator
  • Adrián Iglesias
    Steadycam Operator
  • Mary Morán
    Voice Off
  • Ainara Arias
    Voice Off
  • Ángel Berbel
    Voice Off
  • James Nandhra
    Voice Off
    Message Sent
  • Juande Feter
    Voice Off
  • Aitana Ramos
    Voice Off
  • Raul Caballero
    Still Photo
  • Ainara Arias
    Art Department
  • Jaun García Sánchez
    Art Department
  • Daniel Martínez
    Art Department
  • Daniel Martínez
    Swing gang
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    THE DARKNESS THAT YOU FEAR
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Documentary, Independent
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 27, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Spain
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • NOTODOFILMFEST
    Madrid
    Spain
    December 20, 2021
    Jury Award
  • TRES COURT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Paris
    France
    Official Selection
  • BEYOND THE CURVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Paris
    France
    Best Women's Film - Outstanding Achievement
  • DISCOVER FILM AWARDS
    London
    United Kingdom
    October 1, 2022
    Best International Documentary
Director Biography - Melissa Morán

Melissa Morán began her training as an actress in Spain, taking acting courses at Cristina Rota, at Eduardo Recabarren and at ESAD Murcia. After moving to London, she studied the BA Acting & World Theatre at Regents University London, where she also received training in directing and film editing, graduating in 2020. The university itself entrusted her with the translation of Federico García Lorca's play "Yerma". Furthermore, she developed the position of assistant director with the film and theatre director Gael LeCornec for the production of "Yerma", and also with the actor and director Kwong Loke for the production of the play "The Cherry Orchard".

Her first piece as a director is the self-produced short film "The Darkness that You Fear".

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Director Statement

The Darkness That you Fear was born from my craft perspective as an actress, sharing my own experience with cancer. Each feeling experienced and emotion in the process is showed through images, sounds and audio notes, and an inner thoughts in a voice off format. All of these together, supported with the contrast of rhythms, lighting and colours, aim to create a sensory piece that faithfully transports the audience to my personal experience and thus achieve an empathy and understanding with a process as tough as it is cancer.