The international jury of the Usina de Guiones Breves en Berlin ugbb 2023, consisting of Hans-Christian Boese, María Teresa Curzio and Anna-Sophia Richard, emphasized that "the quality of the projects in this fourth edition was generally very high" and selected UN GOLPE DE AMOR by Ana Sierra as the winning project.
In her screenplay UN GOLPE DE AMOR, Ana depicts the economic bubble of the year 2000 in a Spanish provincial town. At the height of the neoliberal "boom", Arancha is 16 years old; she has decided to leave school and works in a supermarket in order to be able to afford the best parties. Her love of techno takes her to the limits of the imaginable.
According to the author, "neoliberal policies changed the future of young people until they turned us into machines, accompanied by techno music. 40% of the young population dropped out of university to work and immerse themselves in the lifestyle of the new millennium. A time when everything was fine, but deep down something was going wrong: We were witnessing the birth of a society where money is the most important value and evasion is the only way out. The dance floor was a place of healing and pilgrimage, but then we realized that it was a band-aid to heal a bigger wound: the feeling of abandonment in the face of a dehumanized system."
According to the jury, UN GOLPE DE AMOR "tells a complex situation in a simple way, reflecting a concrete and at the same time universal social reality. It is characterized by a good balance between drama and humor. We believe that the main strength of the script lies in the characters, who are sensitively developed and whom the audience gets to know over time. We follow their actions and feelings with excitement. They are complex and their story is meaningful; with economical means, the film succeeds in making us enthusiastic about the characters. The plot and the dialogues are well done, the surprise of the final love blow comes with the narrative efficiency necessary for a short film and represents an appropriate resolution. You can sense that the author behind the project has a clear idea of what she wants to tell, describes her characters with intelligence and tenderness and has an original authorial voice."
Born in Avilés (Spain), Ana is a screenwriter and works in the field of cultural management. After more than thirteen years dedicated to storytelling for brands and advertising agencies, she decided to take the plunge into fiction writing by completing a Master's degree in Screenwriting at Grupo Mediapro, the production company where she currently works. Her film projects have been selected for the Gijón Film Festival 2020 and 2021, Novos Cinemas 2021 and the CIMA Impulsa 2023 programme.Ana will receive production advice from Catalina Flórez from Berlin production house uruaFilms. It will also receive a pitch desk from Latin Quarter and support in the search for funding for the short film from Fred Parrots.