Carmen

A Film by Natalia Preston

Synopsis

Sacrifice, a love story, longing and a difficult life far away from home: Carmen is a poignant and heartfelt portrait of a woman who follows her heart from Venezuela to Madrid, but finds a hard reality. The man she followed is gone and her days are long, lonely and hard. She earns her living singing in the Metro stations of Madrid, where the urban underground becomes her world, and the music from Venezuela stays her constant companion. Carmen shares both hope and her songs she sings with people who pass her in the Metro. The songs transport her back to her memories of her children, the unattainable love and her life left behind in Venezuela. Despite the hardship and heartache, she is connected to people through the music, and the love she feels through the music. It gives her strength and dignity, and motivates her to try and be an example and an ambassador of humanity to those around her.

Director

  • Picture of Natalia Preston © Natalia Preston

    Natalia Preston

    After a B.A. in Russian in London and a Master in Business Administration in Chicago, and doing consulting work in media-related companies like IBM, Bertelsmann and Hamburg Media School, Natalia Preston embarked on a number of business ventures of her own. Among other things she owned a language tour company organizing trips to Moscow and she started a German bakery in California selling pretzels and Christmas Stollen. A few years ago, Natalia Preston found a new calling and passion in documentary films. She finished a Master in Cine Documental y Experimental at the University of Madrid in 2016 and has been studying at FilmArche, Berlin since 2014. Since then she has dedicated much of her time to making her own documentary films about topics and causes she feels strongly about.

Awards + Festivals

  • 13th EARLY BIRD INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2017
  • 16th HYPERFEST - INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)November 7, 2017
  • NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • 21st FALUDI INTERNATIONAL YOUTH AMATEUR FILM FESTIVAL AND PHOTO COMPETITION (Official Selection, Hungary)November 17, 2017
  • 4th LEBANON INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nabatiyeth, Lebanon)December 16, 2017
  • DOCFEED 2018 - DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eindhoven, Netherlands)February 22, 2018
  • 19th BUNTER HUND - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)March 8, 2018
  • 4th FELACOS LONG AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santiago, Chile)March 8, 2018
  • 16th INT'L FILMMOR WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Istanbul, Turkey)March 10, 2018
  • *BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM*
    9th SHORT TO THE POINT (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)March 11, 2018
  • 16th SAN SEBASTIAN HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Sebastian, Spain)April 20, 2018
  • 5th EMERGE FILM FESTIVAL OF MAINE (Official Selection, Lewsiton/Auburn, USA)April 26, 2018
  • 4th ANNUAL NASSAU FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Princeton, NJ, USA)May 17, 2018
  • 12th BRAZILIAN INTERNATIONAL LABOUR FILM FESTIVAL / MOSTRA CINETRABALHO (Official Selection, Marília, Brazil)May 25, 2018
  • 19th LUCANIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pisticci, Italy)August 1, 2018
  • 3rd STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longford, Ireland)August 15, 2018
  • 3rd FARM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Favara, Italy)August 23, 2018
  • INTERFILM 34th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)November 20, 2018
  • 2nd SONIC SCENE - MUSIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Trani, Italy)November 23, 2018
  • 22nd PRIMED - LE FESTIVAL DE LA MÉDITERRANÉE EN IMAGES (Official Selection, Marseille, France)November 25, 2018

Crew

Screenplay
Natalia Preston
Producer
Natalia Preston
Director
Natalia Preston
Director of Photography
Lukas Friedrich
Sound
Andreas Fertig
Editor
Natalia Preston
Sound Design
Andreas Fertig
Music
José Manuel Escobar

Details

Running Time
16:06 min.
Shooting Format
Digital Full HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD), Digital Full HD
Aspect Ratio
1920 x 1080 (16:9 – 1.77:1)
Sound
Stereo, AAC, 48.000 Khz

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL

Centro Universitario de Artes TAI (Transforming Arts Institute)
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
C/ Recoletos, 22
28001 Madrid, Spain

DIRECTOR

Natalia Preston
natalia.preston@gmail.com
facebook.com/natalia.preston.3