VISUAL STYLE & INFLUENCES
"The theme of our film is existentialism. This is a philosophy, and an exploration of human existence, something that is deemed unexplainable. Louie’s character represents the reasons for not wanting to live. His mother had psychotic episodes when he was a child and put his life at risk several times. Louie is tall, slim, has pale skin, an intense stare, and is attractive. He is so clearly seen as a broken man. Because of his past, everything in his present is blurred, he is unable to live his life properly.
I have been influenced by the Spanish film “Magical Girl” by Carlos Vermut, mainly because of its style and characters. The characters in this film are strong and straightforward, and this is exactly what I want Asia and Louie to be like. Each character has a chip on their shoulder, and this chip drives them to pursue and run to their objectives with a powerful force. The dialogues between them are never static, neither is the emotional journey they embark on, nor people’s life, nor people’s stories.
Another film that has contributed to my influences is “The Tree of Life”. This film explores existence but not in the same way we want to represent it. What draws my attention to it is the poetry that this film conjures up. Each shot is a gift for the audience, it’s so beautifully shot and it feels like the images are alive and full of emotion. Even if it approaches the topic in a very different way than When the Abyss Looks Back does, I want to portray our story with similar imagery. My main purpose in terms of the cinematography is to make sure that each shot looks like a painting." – Anna Parcerisas
WHEN THE ABYSS LOOKS BACK
Short film | 10 minutes
Shooting format BLACKMAGIC CINEMA CAMERA
Production company – Set Me Free Films
Location – London, United Kingdom
Louie is a young man with a dark past; His mother suffered from a severe mental disorder and he was physically abused by her..But everything changes when Asia, Louie’s sister who died two years ago, unexpectedly shows up and makes him reconsider his life and existence.
The first time Louie sees Asia is at the very beginning of the film when Louie is having a bath and Asia pops inside the bathroom and gets into the bathtub in front of him. Throughout the three conversations they have: in the bathtub, living room and in the cliffs of Beachy Head, Asia drives him to an emotional journey based partly on Nietzsche’s philosophy of human existence and with the strong purpose of making him reconsider his life.
Producer – Yasmin Stewart
Director and Writer – Anna Parcerisas
DOP – Nuno Cabacing
Costume & Make-Up Artist - Rika Kulsavat
Editor – Ardeshir Abdolrahimi
Colour Grade – Ardeshir Abdolrahimi
Original Music – Arzhel Poitral
Sound Recordist and Sound Designer –Martha Katariina Luigujoe
Key Gaffer – Simon Bogdan
1st Assistant Camera - McKenna Fernandez
Driver - Damaschin Alexandru
Louie – Eden McDougall
Asia - Victoria Bell
Louie's mother - Jane Macfarlane