In Paola Klebert’s short, ‘Water Memory‘, the emptiness and an inbeplicable sadness prevails in the silent and desperate body of a mother who has lost her child.

What is your film about?

Water Memory‘ is based on a dream that stroked me emotionally. It was was about a woman who has submerged under a lake to look for her dead husband. It was as if sadness, emptiness and magic were confused. It was nostalgic and beautiful at the same time. The character of the mother represents these paradoxical sensations. The short film portrays the intense emptiness in which she lives and how she resorts again and again to the water in an attempt to find his deceased son.

What are the main topics raised by the story?

The key themes of the project are isolation, obsession, mental blockade, death, mourning, emptiness, depression, meaning for life, life after death. It is in this sense that the story stops at the internal and psychological process of an individual to rethink and see a bit of what could be living the process of the death of a loved one. Rethinking death entails reflecting on life in itself. The last and not least, is to be able to reflect also on the existence of life after death.

What is your credo as a filmmaker?

Filmmaking for me is a training and I take it as a learning. That is, the challenge or rather what motivates me the most is self-criticism, and the will to grow in terms of audiovisual creation. Filming for me is an internal journey of self-knowledge. It is to be able to see from another point of view that is what we see of the world in which we live. To represent is in some way to reflect what we are, what we perceive of the world and what we finally choose to recreate.

Who is the target audience of your film?

A reflective audience. I would like it to have a positive and at the same time thoughtful impact. That accommodates the viewer’s gaze towards introspection and therefore be able to reflect. Rethinking what the short film transmits to them, either the theme of death, of emptiness, and depression. Everything that can awaken the viewer and can rethink.

Can you share a funny or interesting story about the making of the film?

I had everything planned for the filming of the short film. But until nine days earlier I did not have the location. I had even communicated with real estate owners. Until I luckily found it. It was the most stressful part, but the most gratifying and surprising at the same time. Since it had been the only location that was available and was in line with the filming guidelines. And it was the best location I found. The owner was very friendly. To this day I am very grateful.

Why did you decided to submit your short film to the Short Film Corner?

Because I thought it was a good way for the project to have a public outlet. An opportunity to access the industry circle and expand the public life possibilities of the short film.