Andrea Jaurrieta helming the existential drama Ana de día
by Alfonso Rivera
- Jaurrieta’s feature debut is in the final stages of post-production; the independent, arthouse co-production stars the versatile Ingrid García-Jonsson
It’s been more than six years since Andrea Jaurrieta (Pamplona, 1986) came up with the idea for her feature debut, Ana by Day [+see also:
film profile]. Following countless setbacks and after resorting to crowdfunding, she succeeded in shooting her long dreamed-of first film last summer, starring Ingrid García-Jonsson, the actress who shot to fame in Beautiful Youth [+see also:
interview: Jaime Rosales
film profile]. The film, which boasts backing from the Government of Navarre plus producers No Hay Banda (Spain) and France’s Pomme Hurlante Films, will be ready to embark on its festival and commercial adventures in May.
With a main cast rounded off by Álvaro Ogalla (The Apostate [+see also:
film profile]), Mona Martínez, Fernando Albizu, María José Alfonso and Irene Ruíz, Ana by Day tackles a dilemma: what would you do if you found out one day that a doppelganger who was absolutely identical to you had been impersonating you, and no one seemed to realise or think anything of it? Instead of trying to recover her lost identity, Ana prefers to explore her own boundaries, attempting to find meaning in her own life and seeking her own freedom. However, she will discover that the freedom she craves so strongly does not always bring happiness.
The screenplay for Ana by Day obtained three international grants and was selected for the Small Is Biútiful Festival at the Espagnolas en París gathering. Jaurrieta previously helmed seven short films (including Los años dirán and Algunas aves vuelan solas) and four video-art projects. “I want to tell a story that allows the viewer to escape from his or her own life and dream about the possibility that something like this could actually happen to him or her. That’s why I write stories, and that’s what cinema is there for,” the Navarran filmmaker states.
With a totally surrealistic assumption as its starting point, “Ana by Day tries to offer a story that leads to a reflection on the upbringing, boundaries and repression that we impose upon ourselves, and those that are imposed directly by society, from a woman’s point of view. It is all set within the context of the modern-day situation in Spain and its lesser-known fringes of society,” sums up the director, screenwriter and producer.
(Translated from Spanish)
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