a new film reflecting a lost teenage gaze by Alexan Kevork Sarikamichian
Can you split your heart in two? Can you be in love of two people at the same time? What are the consequences?
This is the story of a girl divided in her two weaknesses which lead her to live two love stories simultaneously. We see her joy and suffering at the same time. The film reflects the gaze of this confused teenager, at the point of losing her conscience and live her passion with freedom.
Tell us a little bit more about your role as a director in NOT YOUR GIRLS, how did you come up with the idea of a mixture between a Fashion film and a Short film?
NOT YOUR GIRLS is the continuity of my previous videos, there are many similar things, young characters in love and some nostalgic atmosphere involved in human relationships. This selection was different because there was a love story between two women and in my opinion they have a special and particular beauty. We tried to work on the strength they own and highlight their best characteristics, for example, through costume we made changes for every location, and in those moments I find a special care for a short film.
We tried to tell the story taking into consideration each detail on the stage of the short film and not just a pretty view, we wanted them to be able to transmit the story.
What motivated you to tell the story?
Rigoberta del Tesouro contacted me some time ago because she liked my videos and as she worked with costume we thought we could do something together. Unfortunately, our project didn’t work out but we kept in touch and I thought it would be a good idea to ask her to be in front of the camera this time. That’s when I found out about her lovely look and charisma and that she could be the protagonist of a love story between two women, I knew she was going to put a big effort in the project and be very courageous. I wanted to make an emotional video but I also needed to find the right chemistry between them and a very particular aesthetic view.
After that it turned really easy for me to contact the other protagonist. I called Agustina Leal, someone I really feel confident with, and on my second line I told her she had to play a very courageous scene where she had to act like a “lolita” and show her boobs in the middle of a bridge with a highway full of cars at the back, something similar to Aerosmith’s Crazy video. When she agreed to do that then I knew all the rest was done.
I had already worked with Anahí Roy, and I asked her to participate but we could never find the right time to get together. I knew she had a special energy and attitude. Anahí has a special behavior that was really present during the moment of shooting. She has such an intensity that makes as all awake all the time and such a natural beauty that I didn’t want her to wear any makeup; I wanted her freckles to be shown. In the end we decided to add something distinctive to the character and she only painted her eyebrows.
What aesthetic references did you use to inspire yourself?
My first inspiration was to work on the girls, as I chose them I had to know what they could give. Creating the characters according to the feelings they gave on me, their movements, physical appearance, looks and even the clothes they wore. We captured their essence and that was the starting part of the video, I find them very special, they are the kind of girls that show themselves on social media, through pictures, art, paints, I considered them artists so I checked out their posts and pictures to capture from them something useful for the character.
We had a group where we uploaded many reference videos, pictures, custom, colors, clothes’ brands and that helped us get into the atmosphere.
There are two movies that I really liked, “Mommy” by Xavier Dolan and “la vida de adele” by Abdellatif Kechiche for the chaos and the romance.
Title: NOT YOUR GIRLS
Written, Directed and Produced by Alexan Kevork Sarikamichian
Starring: Rigoberta Del Tesouro , Agustina Leal & Anahí Roy
DOP & Color grade: Sebastian Ferrari
Producer: Alexan Films
Editor: Nicolas Ponieman
Stylist Rigoberta Del Tesouro
Art Director: Alexan Sarikamichian
Credits: Fer Calvo
Collage: Katja Stuckrath
Soundtrack: “Imanes” de Piscis Machine
Thanks: Frabulosa, Banana Fish, Rigoberta Del Tesouro, Roomie, Lyon, polyester