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The Blue Room

A short film about a young woman having a phone conversation with her mother.

  • Mathilde Suissa
    Pauline, Headspace
  • Mathilde Suissa
    Pauline, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Mako in Wonderland
  • Alessandra Adlgasser
    Key Cast
    The Perfect Murder (TV)
  • Sean Reyes
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Liu
    Director of Photography/Cinematographer
    Late Late, Pauline, Boulder
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Short, Student, Female Lead
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 26, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Canon 5D
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • FMC Film Fest 2015
    New York, NY
    May 22, 2015
    North American Premiere
    1st Place
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    Miami, Florida
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Cinefest
    Los Angeles, California
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mathilde Suissa

Mathilde Suissa was born and raised in New York, growing up under the influence of her father, commercial director/VFX Editor, Michel Suissa. Ever since she was a child, Mathilde was immersed in the culture and imagination of the cinema. Majoring in Technical Theater at the prestigious “Fame School” Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Mathilde learned to be a part of the crew by building sets, lighting designs and costumes. At CUNY Hunter College, she studied and began making her own films in Digital as well as 16mm film. Her previous short film, Pauline, was an official selection for the 2015 Emerge Film Festival, grabbing her a nomination for the Emerging Filmmaker Award. Her most recent film, The Blue Room, won 1st Price in her University's FMC Film Festival. She recently completed a Production Assistant internship at Technicolor-PostWorks NY, one of the leading post-production facilities.

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Director Statement

I aspire my work to be an imprint of films I have seen and the filmmakers that influence me, who put images and ideas into my head. My previous film, Pauline, was an imprint of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's work. The Blue Room, I would have to say, is an influence from Michael Haneke’s work. With this film, I wanted to play with tricking the viewer; manipulating what they perceive and what cannot be seen on screen. Haneke has an incredible ability to see the judgments and beliefs made by the audience with very limited perception of the characters we are watching and flip those ideas extremely quickly. I wanted experiment with shocking imagery and surprise elements that Haneke uses with precision, while also experimenting with gender perceptions and female characters in film. This character I have created is, in all simplified arguments, an extreme. But, I hoped to make her, although extreme, a real human woman. She is a real person, with emotions, close relationships, compassion, but yet also violence and aggression, just like any other human with an affective personality. With those goals for my character, I wanted to use those perceptions made by the audience that coincide with the “female” qualities of her personality, to help with the surprise element towards the middle of the film. I closely analyzed the narrative beats of the script as well, to give me an idea of the shooting style. The beats helped pair the moment of surprise and dramatic actions with drastic camera changes and positions, as well as switching the 180 degree line.