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Almost in Love

Leonardo Brzezicki

Argentina

synopsis

After having spent a whole night at a party in a luxurious penthouse, Santiago (43) a true “man under the influence” returns home only to realize that he accidentally locked up his teenage daughter Laila (17). Feeling sorry, Santiago promises to do anything she wants in order to make her happy. “I wanna see mum” she replies. They both embark on a trip to Brazil where Laila will meet her emotionally unstable mother. But having been left recently by his longtime boyfriend Luis, Santiago is so desperate to please everyone around him that he neglects the needs of his daughter. This behavior is characteristic of Santiago’s emotional rollercoaster, where he is trying to have it all without realizing that he might lose it altogether. A journey full of contradictions and passion, creating a puzzle of life in the bankrupt Argentina post-2001, where Santiago dances his way from party to party on his quest only to love and to be loved.

project updates

Almost in Love

Script&Pitch 2016

April 26, 2018

ALMOST IN LOVE received the support from the Swiss Fund "Visions Sud-Est" for production.

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Almost in Love

Script&Pitch 2016

April 26, 2018

ALMOST IN LOVE has been selected by IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) for the 2017 IFP Week Film Slate

More info here.

 

 

Almost in Love

Script&Pitch 2016

April 26, 2018

IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund selected ALMOST IN LOVE for its NFF+HBF co-production scheme – a joint initiative by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund.

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intention

I stumbled upon an article of a “Dance Epidemic” that happened in the Middle Ages, where people were dying as they could not stop dancing. The image of people being driven by a dangerously strong passion as if possessed by something, made me develop the story of Santiago. I was Inspired by the life of my uncle, a very contradictory man, full of passion and sensibility, who died suddenly at 35. The epidemic translated into the rhythm of the film, rather than into a literal adaptation. The contradiction of associating something so vital like the non-stop dancing with death, fascinated me because it conveys violence within beauty and beauty within violence. Set in modern Argentina, the film tells the story of a broken man in his 40s who seems to have no center whatsoever, and of his teenage daughter. Despite mounting tensions in his personal relationships, he cannot stop, even though the world around him is falling apart. I see this film as a series of strong emotional streams in the midst of this chaotic summer; passionate and carnal, contrasting absurd and extreme situations with laid-back and humorous ones. All in quest for big emotions and ecstatic moments where truth can actually appear.

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A chaotic summer in Argentina and Brazil becomes a turning point in the lives of a heart-broken man and his teenage daughter.
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Leonardo Brzezicki

Scriptwriter, Film Director

production notes

original title
Almost in Love

directed by
Leonardo Brzezicki

produced byRuda Cine
Elcano 3154, depto B
1426, Buenos Aires
Argentina

total production budget
€ 999.610

current financial need
€ 420.000