Berlinale

Octopus Skin (La piel pulpo)

Synopsis
Iris and Ariel are 16-year-old twins, who live with their mother and older sister Lia near a beach full of mollusks, birds and reptiles. They have grown up isolated, with a transcendental connection with nature. A resort opens on a nearby island and Iris travels to the city for the first time, on the search for her individuality. Shopping centres, social networks, parties and meeting Nina mark her journey toward self-awareness and recognition of her love for her siblings and their island.

Director’s note
I want to deal with siblinghood taken to the extreme: twinness. I want to speak of the complicity of their very own world, the unique language between twins and the rupture that growing up implies. An imaginary island will be created in Octopus Skin, a universe of prehistoric creatures, lava pathways and mollusks. I need to replicate an aroma that transcends the screen and stays with the spectator.

Ecuador
Director: Ana Cristina Barragán
Producers: Caleidoscopio Cine (Ecuador), Desenlace Films (Mexico), Graal S.A. (Greece), Unafilm (Germany)
German WCF partner: Unafilm
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2019
Funding amount: 40.000 €