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We are a motive

Elvira and Florencia are cousins, living under the moralistic and harassing attitude of their parents. Drugs, threesomes and hypocrisy will lead them to Mau. The trio may never find their convictions. Told from an artistic perspective that involves Egon Schiele's most profound work, particularly the 'Death Mother' series; and shot on the Canon XL-1 Camcorder, the cam on board NASA's space mission STS-93, this short film is a loving reminder of the teenage experiences from the turbulent Mexico of 1999.

*English subtitles slang inspired by Amy Heckerling's 1995's 'Clueless'.

Language: Spanish with English subtitles.

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  • Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021).
  • Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021).
  • Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021).
  • Martha Parada
    Key Cast
  • Bernardo Vega
    Key Cast
  • Alexis Cárdenas
    Key Cast
  • Huichitón Hernández
    Key Cast
    "Uncle Arturo (Elvira's dad)"
  • Katia Castarrossi
    Key Cast
    "Florencia's mom"
    'Bienvenida Realidad' (T.V. Series), Ep. 1.1; 'La Rosa de Guadalupe' (T.V. Series), Ep. 5.64; 'Capadocia' (T.V. Series) , Ep. 3.9.
  • Rosalba Hernández
    Makeup and hairstyling
  • Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
  • Paul Lamothe
    Location manager
  • Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet
    Film Editor
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021).
  • Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet
    Sound Design
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021).
  • Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
    Music coordinator
    'Neither You Nor I' (2021); 'Misplace the Rabbits' (2021).
  • Luigi Vidal
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Somos un motivo
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Experimental, Freudian, Coming of age, Adolescence, Romance, Teenage, 90s, Relationships, Psychological, Dead Mother, Egon Schiele, 1999, Women's cinema, Growing pains, Drugs, Latin, Hispanic, Mexican, Psicológico, Montage, Arthouse, Cine de Arte
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 17, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 MXN
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon XL-1 Camcorder / 1080/60i
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Indie Online Film Award
    Kyiv (Kiev)
    February 26, 2022
    Ukranian Premiere
    Honorable Mention
  • Paradise Film Festival
    Budapest, Pest
    March 3, 2022
    Hungarian Premiere (Fő Utca 4)
    Official Selection
  • Shiny Sparkle Independent Online Film Festival
    Online Event
    March 20, 2022
    Online Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Golden Wheat Awards
    İstanbul, Turkey
    March 31, 2022
    Turkish Premiere (International Cinema Community)
    Official Selection
  • 195 Countries Film Festival
    Patna, Bihar
    May 15, 2022
    Indian Premiere (Ashoka Resort, Nawada)
    Best Writer Award Winner
  • Ashoka International Film Festival
    Nawada, Bihar
    August 4, 2022
    Bihar Premiere (Hisua, Nawada)
    Best Female Director Award Winner
  • World's Best Filmmaker Award
    Nawada, Bihar
    September 2, 2022
    Nawada Premiere (Girja Palace)
    World's Best Filmmaker Award Winner
  • MegaFlix Film Awards
    Gloucester, England
    United Kingdom
    September 4, 2022
    British Premiere
    Best Poster/Press Kit Winner
  • Serbest International Film Festival (SIFF)
    Moldova, Republic of
    September 5, 2022
    Moldovian Premiere (Odeon Theater)
    Best Short Film Quarter-Finalist
  • Nawada International Film Festival
    Nawada, Bihar
    September 18, 2022
    Nawada Premiere (Grill Inn [ग्रिल ईन] Hotel Maharaja)
    Best Female Director Award Winner / Best Foreign Short Award Winner
  • Asia Film Festival
    October 20, 2022
    Online Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Subathra International Film Festival
    Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu
    December 7, 2022
    Tamil Nadu Premiere (Onsky)
    Best Editor Award Winner
  • Rohip International Film Festival
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu
    December 7, 2022
    Chennai Premiere (Raviprasad Film Labs)
    Best Editor Award Winner / Best Trailer Award Winner
  • Indo-Singapore International Film Festival
    Kallal, Sivaganga
    December 20, 2022
    (27, Indra Nagar, Kallal)
    Best Editor Award Winner
  • Gully International Film Festival
    Patna, Bihar
    December 20, 2022
    Patna Premiere (Boring Road)
    Best Short Film Award Winner
  • AltFF Alternative Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    December 21, 2022
    Canadian Premiere
    Best Film Poster Nominee
  • Gulf Indie International Film Festival
    Dubai, Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    December 24, 2022
    Emirati Premiere (Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Dubai Sports City)
    Best Editor Award Winner
  • NexGn International Short Film Festival
    Pune, Maharashtra
    January 29, 2023
    Maharashtra Premiere (Utsav Lawns & Gardens)
    Best Writer Finalist / Best International Actress 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 LuminosaCanal.com

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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Director Statement

"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".