Deep Impact, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and TiMER all hold two similar qualities: they are a sci-fi movie, directed by a woman. These films are fine entries but make for slim pickings in the landscape populated with thousands of titles. The great strength of science fiction is its ability to grow, nurture and develop stories of infinite possibilities. It is a genre that places no limits to one’s imagination. With that in mind, it makes sense that the cacophony of voices we hear from has some diversity within the choir. Enter Olga Osorio, writer and director of our Short of the Week Einstein-Rosen.
This endearing, light, amusing short tells the story of a pair of brothers in Coruña, Spain squabbling over the validity of Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen’s theories regarding bridges through space-time (also known as wormholes). There’s innocent humour and wry fun to be had here, as the brothers banter with each other over what is a wormhole, multiplication tables, and being know-it-all’s. Osorio directs her own sons, the inspiration for the short’s premise, to cheeky, enjoyable performances. Her lightness of touch and focus on the humans rather than any CGI – bar a passing glimpse of a wormhole – suggests a welcome new voice to the choir.
Clearly taking influences from the likes of Back to the Future and Safety Not Guaranteed, we’re keen to see what Osorio does next. Her new short Mouras, a fantasy tale focused upon a young girl’s interaction with fairies, cannot come soon enough. Here’s hoping this is the beginning of Osorio’s journey to the top, and that she maintains her clean, light, and fun take on the world of science fiction.
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CAST: Teo Galiñanes, Óscar Galiñanes, Xúlio Abonjo, Ricardo de Barreiro
WRITER: Olga Osorio
DIRECTOR: Olga Osorio
SYNOPSIS: In the summer of 1982, Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Óscar does not believe him.