A teenage girl finds a book that takes her into a different reality. Now she is stuck in between a dream and a reality that she can’t get out of.

  • Raivo Kruze
  • Mert Sari
  • Leah Dean Cohen
    Key Cast
  • Raivo Kruze
    Director Of Photography
  • Jose Bird
    Production Designer
  • Fernando Guisa
  • Raivo Kruze
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 20, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 1080p
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Canada International Film Festival
    Award Of Exelence
  • California Independent Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    September 14, 2016
  • Fantasia International Film Festival
    July 14, 2016
Director Biography - Raivo Kruze

Born in Riga, Latvia, Raivo moved to Vancouver BC, Canada in 2009 to peruse his passion for film and cinematography and story telling. Following his dream to establish himself as a unique filmmaker, he has worked on many independent projects to find his own style and vision. He has graduated from Vancouver film school with honours, specializing in Cinematography and Directing.

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Director Statement

Never before have I done any black and white cinematography. So I decided to go for it. This project was shot in 6 hours in 1 studio with 6 different production design setups back to back. It was a real challenge for all crew and cast, but together as a strong team we were able to made it happen!
This project is inspired by Roger Ballen’s unique photography. I was amazed how his photography is so gritty, true and beautiful at the same time. I have never seen anything like that before and it really inspired me for this project, Mare. However his photography is just an inspiration for this project and Mare is my own personal vision and style.
Mare is a journey of our deepest subconsciousness of fears. We have all experienced uncomfortable dreams that we have been stuck in and not able to understand. We can't change or react the way we want which makes it feel like there is no way out and there is no other choice left other then to accept it. And finally when you wake up it takes time to process - was it a dream or reality?
As a filmmaker, I am creating these beautiful images with a dark and gritty atmosphere. Looking through the glass and examining the light and the meaning of a greater story. I hope to create a unique experience for my audience.