An original, personal vision from debut director Gabriel Gettman, inspired by Mimi-Nashi Hōichi 耳なし芳—, an ancient Japanese myth.
A blind feral girl, with unearthly spiritual power, is taken in at a desolate medieval monastery.
Can her priestly protector's faith save her from the dark forces drawn by her presence?
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conceived as a psychological folk tale, rich in allegory, with a haunting painterly aesthetic, Caecilia laments the archetypal fate of lost artists, and the hubris of those who would save their souls
Gabriel Gettman is a young British-American director, whose award-winning work explores the power of femininity as a gateway to the dark realms of the unconscious.
Signed at age twenty-three to one of the world's most renowned production companies, he began his career shooting fashion commercials in Paris. This commercial work was featured by Vogue, Purple, Elle, W, Hunger, Wonderland, 1883, Volt and Sunday Times Style, at London Fashion Week, ASVOFF, Cannes, TIFF, Bokeh and the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, and in live performances by CocoRosie.
Now, after three years classical directing training at the Drama Centre at Central Saint Martins, for which he received first class honours, Gabriel has moved into narrative cinema, enlivening his richly aesthetic worlds with intensely skilful performances and a distinctively dark poetic voice.
He is currently developing his next fiction film: a post-apocalyptic story of madness, addiction and witchcraft starring three real-life sisters.
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Caecilia plays a real medieval Rebec, which was learned for this role by lead actress Samantha Dakin under the tutelage of Penelope Spencer, one of the world's foremost Baroque violinists
Mixing and sound design by top Hollywood sound artist James Boyle, whose credits include Batman Begins, World War Z, Casino Royale
Created by alumni of Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, the British conservatoire behind Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Pierce Brosnan, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany and Russell Brand
Shot in spectacular historic churches, vaults, crypts, monasteries and convents around England, some of which have also appeared in features such as Les Miserables and The Constant Gardener
Edited by Stanley Kubrick’s veteran editor Nigel Galt, whose credits include Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket and Shallow Grave
17 min / Colour / 2.35:1 scope / Dolby 5.1
2K scope DCP / HD Blu-ray / HD Pro-Res .mov
Dialogue lists and .SRT Subtitles available:
English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Korean, Swedish, German, Japanese, Romanian
- Landscape and portrait poster images at 72dpi and 300dpi
- Stills at 72dpi and 300dpi
- Info PDF, including Synopsis, Director’s Statement, Trivia, Director’s Bio, Credits
- Portrait of director at 72dpi and 300dpi
- Dialogue Lists (.PDF) and Subtitles (.SRT) for all languages
with inspiration from
The Story of Mimi-nashi Hōichi
as told by
Ajith Krishnamoorthy Nair
director of photography
generously supported by
The Golubovich Foundation
art dept assistant
caecilia hair by
Soo Jung Park
rebec training by
viola and violin
additional sound mix
special thanks to
Gordon’s Wine Bar, London
Home House, Portman Square
Rosary Priory, Bushey Heath
Wordsworth Place, Kentish Town
St Dominic’s Priory, Haverstock Hill
© 2017 Gabriel Gettman
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