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A Film About Couples

A Film About Couples (Una Película Sobre Parejas)

Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada

A film about a film about couples: Natalia and Oriol have not only been a couple for 13 years, they also make films together. At least when they are not currently discussing who is directing, whether a cactus is worth filming or if parents always have to do everything perfectly. In this mockumentary, the filmmakers curtly act as themselves and show how similar film and love can actually be.

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Direction Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada
Country Dominican Republic
Year 2021
Duration 89 min
Language Spanish with German subtitles
Production Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrada, Rafael García, Carlos Germán, Omar Hasbún, Agustín Lama, Pablo Mustonen
Cast Oriol Estrada, Natalia Cabral, Lia Estrada
Camera Nicolas Ordoñez
Script Oriol Estrada, Natalia Cabral, Javier García Lerín, Aina Calleja
Editing Aina Calleja, Javier García Lerín
Sound José Homer Mora Acosta, Angel Alonso Sarmiento, Ludovic Bonnecarrère, Ramón Osorio, Francisco Rizzi, Martín Scaglia, Lautaro Zamaro

Syndicat Français De La Critique De Cinéma: Best Film

About the Directors

Natalia Cabral (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and Oriol Estrada (Capellades, Catalonia, Spain) are award-winning filmmakers whose work moves along the border between fiction and non-fiction. Graduating from renowned EICTV Cuban Film School, Natalia and Oriol founded Faula Films in 2012 to create a platform for development and coproduction of independent films in the Caribbean.

Their first documentary You and Me was premiered at Visions du Réel and won multiple awards from festivals. A Film about Couples is their newest work. The film premiered internationally in the official contest of the Rome Film Fest and won the award for Best Film from Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma as well as a special mention from the jury of the Latin American Film Festival in Biarritz.

Press Reviews

„It is a feature film about filming a documentary and simultaneously a documentary about the filming of a feature film. With lots of humour and clarity, the film demystifies the filmmakers’ work and shows the realities and difficulties that exist during filming in the Dominican Republic today.“ (Nicolas Azalbert. Program director, Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine)

A Film about Couples is a breath of fresh air. An alternative way to not take yourself too seriously and simultaneously an opportunity to reflect. A nice lesson from Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada.“ (Veronica Ranocchi, I Cinemaniaci Blog)

The Directors About the Film

„The viewers of our films often ask us what it is like to direct together as a couple. This is a question to which the answer changes everyday. (…) The filming was a confusing but fascinating adventure. The border between fiction and reality was oftentimes fluid, but we let us get carried away by the spontaneity of real couples without losing sight of the personality of our alter egos and the central story. (…) Thus, A Film about Couples became metafiction and autofiction. A film that wants to make people laugh and think about how ridiculous and gentle we all can be when we share our love with someone and try to keep our individuality at the same time; a concise, humorous and moving experience about the contradictory behaviour of a couple who tries to understand love and cinema.“ (Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada)

In Anwesenheit der Regisseur:innen Natalia Cabral und Oriol Estrada

International Feature Film Program