Director Biography – Enma Brenes (MARY)

Enma Brenes is an emerging filmmaker and photographer from Costa Rica. Its main themes courses between the outer reality and the inner experience of the self, through the exploration of social behaviors and the philosophical issues that the author itself faces.
Enma Brenes has a BA in Imaging Technology and a 3D Animation Technician degree. 27 years old.

Director Statement

The idea of making an auteur short film was around for a long time. During the first wave of Covid-19 infections in my country, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with my mother, who would later become the protagonist.

This circumstance allowed me to observe and understand first-hand her work as a housewife, her work as a mother, and her wishes as a woman. From those observations, I started to take stills photographs of its daily life, which would then inform the visual style and narrative path in the development of the script and central theme.

My desire for this first short film was to communicate a narrative idea in a very visual way and through the minimum elements: one character, one location, one light, no dialogue, and so on.

Thematically, I wanted to tell a story that would allow me to explore the alienated condition that can be developed from housework and how these naturalized gender roles can become over the years a kind of prison to personal freedom and autonomy.

This short film was entirely done by family members at home over two weeks at night during quarantine.

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