On his deathbed, an elderly man has a dream where he wanders through the memories that marked his life.
Sofia is my thesis project from film school, and the first narrative film I directed. While developing the project, I was preoccupied with the ways in which cinema could capture the dreamscape in a very natural, grounded way. Although the film employs a familiar trope (a life review), it was important to me that the memories unfold gradually with a sense of ghostly mystery. We shot on 35mm film, and went to great lengths to find locations that felt rich and full of character. I wanted the emotional weight of the film to be carried not only by the obvious regrets of the character’s memories, but also in the everyday objects, spaces, and sounds that marked his life.