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Feeling Blue

"Feeling Blue" is a visual representation of a morning soaked by depression. It is also the struggle and the poetic beauty of life shown through a dark point of view. In this short film, a young man wakes up to a world of broken dreams, past disappointments and heavy burdens that materialize themselves in unexpected ways.
Shot in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, the film plays with the concepts of fantasy and reality. Whilst establishing a dialogue between the majesty of the city's historic centre and the somber tone of the storyline, “Feeling Blue” explores the human melancholy that is inherent to life in modern times. 

  • Daniel Guarda
  • Aline Ridolfi
  • Aline Ridolfi
  • Mariana Cobra
  • Hugo Guimarães
    Key Cast
  • Juliana Gaia Leite
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Feeling Blue
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital .MOV
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Encontro Nacional de Cinema e Vídeo dos Sertões
    Floriano, Piauí
    November 8, 2015
  • Cine MIS
    São Paulo, SP
    October 15, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Festival de Cinema de Três Passos
    Três Passos, Rio Grande do Sul
    November 13, 2015
  • PraCine
    São Luís, Maranhão
    October 20, 2015
Director Biography - Daniel Guarda, Aline Ridolfi

Daniel Guarda
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1981. After graduating from UMESP, worked in advertising as first assistant to several directors. Had his debut as director with the short film "Id" (2005) and, from then on, directed many video installations and web series. "Feeling Blue" is his second fiction short film.

Aline Ridolfi
Aline Ridolfi was born in Santo Andre, Brasil. Studied filmmaking and screenwriting in New York and graduated from a Masters Program on Media Studies at The New School, focusing her studies on new media art and immersive/experiential storytelling. Directed several interactive projects of her own, including the mixed media short film "Wildlife" - now in post production, and the dance study "Kaka", shortlisted at Cor3 Festival, in Panama. She currently works as a creative strategist and art director at experiential design agency Fake Love. "Feeling Blue" is her third short film.

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Director Statement

“It is like being in a dream.” That was the answer I gave to the producer when she asked me what it was about. “Does that answer your question?”, I asked. “No.”, she replied. “I do hope it doesn’t.”, I said. We were in pre-production then, and many details were still to be defined.
That was two years ago, and here I am writing about the film. Those were two delightful years, albeit tough. On occasion I considered quitting. Looking back now, I feel we did our best, as a team, to fulfill the vision I and the co-director Aline Ridolfi had. Nonetheless, the difficulties of making guerrilla cinema are always there, smoldering.
This is a film made by youths that are struggling to accept adult life – an unpleasant situation I somehow had to come to terms with. That might have been my major inspiration to begin with.
As a starting point for the language, I wanted to build images and sounds inspired by the magic realism and the Islander post-rock. That was the only given. That was how I wanted to express myself.
Speaking of which, I have to admit that I have been committed for years to the subconscious realms of David Lynch’s films, as well as to the beige palette of Swedish and Danish cinema
Magic realism fascinates me. But Lynch’s films go beyond fascination. They attract us to worlds that actually repel us.
This is the sort of world we present in our short.
”Feeling Blue” is a tribute to the time of my life, and that time is now. The time to set me free from some things that I love, and to bring new things into play. The time to finally become an adult.