The Second Life

The psychotic narration of Joseph Maria’s past incarnations upon his unplanned arrival at the local bishop’s residence.

Director’s Statement

The Second Life has been with no doubt the most challenging Manguetown Pictures project I’ve worked on. Highly inspired by classics from Hollywood’s Golden Era, I wanted the movie to somewhat break what’s expected as a standard by many active independent filmmakers out there. High-Contrast looks, with extremely theatrical choreography and overall atmosphere. I’m personally fascinated by movies that despite being about real-life stories, they look far from being “real-life” on the screen. There’s a hidden, and sometimes under-appreciated charm in the big epics from the late 1950s and early 1960s that really appeal to me, and from the very beginning of the production for “The Second Life”, my goal was to turn a story about somewhat ordinary circumstances into something that was able to be thoroughly enjoyed by an audience for the way it was executed. In my belief, movies aren’t meant to be a faithful portrayal of the real world, but rather a portrayal of a world of its own. It has more details, it was more music, it was more pauses, it has more eye contact and other things that are often considered unnatural to all of us.