Filmmaker sisters Sonia and Miriam Albert-Sobrino weave a dark and magical coming-of-age tale in their project for their second ever feature film, Melita. Told from the point of view of the main character, a deaf 10 year old girl, the story unfolds in a tiny, rural village in the twin filmmaker’s home country of Spain.
The sisters create a world of their own where rain, witches, spirits, and other supernatural elements are part of their character’s realities. Melita blends together the elements of Latin-American Magical Realism with the Spanish Galician culture, portraying magical elements in a real-world setting. With minimal dialogue, the film relies on its striking visuals, which mirrors the subjective experience of the film’s main character, Melita.
Melita was selected as one of only five projects to be featured in the 2016 Co-production forum at the Raindance Film Festival last September in London. The Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK, based in the heart of London's buzzing West End film district. Raindance showcases features, shorts and music videos by filmmakers from the UK and around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers. The 2016 Co-Production Forum was a partnership between Raindance and the Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG), focusing on the relationship between the U.K. and Ibero-American film industries. The forum featured a series of panels, conferences, seminars, workshops, and events designed to strengthen the networks between the British and Ibero-American Film world. The films included were in development, giving filmmakers the opportunity to try and secure funding and U.K. co-productions for their projects.
Raindance founder Elliot Grove commented: “We are always striving to showcase innovative and leading-edge work, but we also know how important it is to provide independent filmmakers with opportunities to get their projects made.”
Registered nurses turned filmmakers, Sonia and Miriam have adopted the professional name “Also Sisters”, which is a portmanteau of Albert and SoBrino. Although they have been filmmakers for under a decade, the pair has already shot and produced their first feature film, The Story of a Satellite, which is due to be released in 2017. Their short-films have been featured at a variety of distinguished film festivals in addition to Raindance Film Festival, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Cinespaña, the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, and the Festival de Cans, among others. The Also Sisters currently work as Visiting Assistant Professors at the University of Utah where they teach numerous film production and theory courses. Melita was produced by Sundance Film Festival co-founder Sterling Van Wagenen, a professor and producer-in-residence in the Film and Media Art Department at the U.