Selected – 4th Edition
In the flesh
Ainhoa studied screenwriting at ECAM and directing at EICTV (Cuba). She is a Berlinale Talent Alumni and won the Woman in action, awarded by Movistar+ and CIMA.
She has directed more than ten short films, highlighting her trilogy Dark Tales stand out; Fábrica de muñecas (2010), Unfarewell (2011), and Stela (2014), which were selected in more than 500 festivals such as Sitges, Guadalajara or Houston and won more than a hundred awards.
Restless by nature, Ainhoa is working on three feature films in different stages of development.
Graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the Complutense University of Madrid, she studied Film Production at ECAM and completed the European Masters in Film Production and Film Marketing at the Media Business School. During the last 15 years she has worked in different film production companies both in Spain and Germany, actively participating in more than a dozen films and TV series. She currently works in the film distribution department of Elamedia Estudios. As a producer, she is also accompanying Cinthia Delgado, director of Yo no soy mamá, selected in the first edition of CIMA IMPULSA.
Mara’s days are limited to her job as a supermarket stocker, where she is considered weird by her colleagues, and to her hobby of collecting dead insects to build works of art that she hangs in the hallway of her house. However, Mara’s bland life is turned upside down when she meets Sandra (30), a nurse, who helps her when she has an accident at work. Sandra is cheerful and lively, unlike Mara. Soon a deep connection arises between them and they begin a sentimental relationship.
Sandra takes Mara to the nursing home where she works. There, Mara sees how she takes care of others and how everyone loves her. They even go to Sandra’s house. There, Mara meets her father Santiago (70), a sullen and sick man, whom Sandra has to take care of and who mistreats her.
Throughout my career I have felt a special interest in fantastic cinema and I have framed all my works within it. Within the genre, the recurring theme in my works is the search for identity.
In the flesh delves into this theme to narrate the love story of my protagonists. Mara, a lonely girl used to abandonment all her life and who, in order to get people to stay with her, has no choice but to eat them; and Sandra, a girl who dedicates her life to caring for others, who radiates life and joy but, in reality, hides deep sadness for feeling lonely. She self-harms as the only way to feel something. An intense connection will arise between them that will make them defy any established limits.
Something that we all have in common is the feeling of loneliness that each one of us feels at some point in our lives.
When I read Ainhoa’s script, I was fascinated by how it portrays that need we have to feel accepted, that we belong to something or someone and how this feeling, if poorly managed, can lead to desperation that can even be destructive.
There are two characters who are not what would be considered normal, two freaks who, at the end of the day, are fighting to achieve what we all yearn for, acceptance by ourselves and by others.
In the flesh is ultimately a striking portrayal of how a girl discovers who she really is and finds love, in the knowledge that she is not conforming to the established norms.