#SHORTVIEW: “For Eva” by Kiril Totev

Synopsis:

A young girl, suffering from a rare form of amnesia, wakes up every morning in an unknown place. Her memories fade away when she falls asleep, and the only thing that gives her strength to continue in life is a letter she finds every morning.


THE BEST FUTURE


> Why do you think amnesia may be so prevalent in cinema?

While I was finishing the story for the short, and preparing everything for the shooting, I spoke with a couple of real doctors about the consequences of amnesia, and I explained to them what I intended to do, and what my film was going to be about – and funny enough, they told me that this kind of amnesia does not exist in the real world. This kind of amnesia, which has been a couple times in film already, you know, like “50 first dates”, with Adam Sandler, where someone goes to sleep and forgets everything that’s happened to him, it’s just a fiction. It doesn’t exist.

Regarding the use of amnesia in cinema, on some level, I think it may be because it helps the narrative a lot, because you can create a kind of narrative tension or develop a narrative idea without developing a big story on the background. In the end, I think it’s just a different way to set up the world that you need to create to send whatever idea or message you want to send.

> A lot of questions are kept hanging at the end of the film. Was that on purpose?

I think that the film creates a lot of questions about the livelihood of the girl, where the money for her expenses may be coming from, or the food, or her relationship with her family, etc. I didn’t show any of this in the film, because I was basically only concerned with showing a single day in her life, and that was what happened in that specific day – other days may be different. My main idea was to show how this man took care of her, and made things better for her, and also for the kid.

That was also a big point of discussion for a lot of people: the nature of the relationship between the woman, the man, and the kid. I think that the child may have the opportunity to meet and relate to her mother in a better capacity in the future, when he may be a little bit more grown up and understand things a little bit better, but for now, you know, I think that knowing of the state of her mother would destroy him.

> Did you have any particularly interesting reactions to your film on any of the screenings?

I had some discussions with mothers after I did the short film, and I discovered something very interesting: the women that had small kids or small babies didn’t agree with me at all, and they said that they’d like to see her children “every day”, regardless of their state – but the interesting thing was that the older women, with older children, like 6 years old or bigger, they always agreed with the choices of the father, and put the “the best future” of their children above their own necessities.

For me, that was a very interesting social experiment, if I could call it like that. Makes you think, doesn’t it?


After a bit of a pause, Kiril announced that he’d like to continue working in “creative stuff”, like other future short features, and maybe even a feature.