Maria, a latin woman in a decadent world who lives only for the tango has been raped. Desperate, she starts an investigation to find the man who ruined her life but, most importantly, to find herself.
A story full of symbolism, mystery and confusion where Latin America searches for a person to blame on.
It mixes film noir and tango, two things that sound rare to combine but came from similar places.
“The night that you love me” is a world where time and space are mixed. The characters represent a certain period of history and a country; both are related with the type of relation Maria has with all of them. The short film’s ideology is that Latin America should break the chains it’s been dragging ever since it’s discovery, and get all together and get ahead. Maria is Latin America and the short film an analogy for this ideology.
The tango is a music genre and dance that was born at the lowest of the social classes in Argentina, when the country got the independence. It’s a mixture of different types of dances, a mix of all the cultures that lived at that time. Film Noir, on the other hand, is not a latin-born film genre but it was marvellously adapted in the zone; and it’s purpose showing a corrupted, evil, and seductive side of the human. The tango and it’s roots explain what we wanted for Maria and the film noir, shows the enviroment she’s living.
Maria takes the role of the femme fatale and the main male character that appears in the film noir genre. We know the male characters from her point of view, so were they really that bad? Are they really guilty? Well, probably, that’s what she wants us to believe.
Maria is mistaken, she’s blinded by pain and thirst for revenge. Her soul is so corrupted that she’s letting herself go by her impulses. Maria is looking for freedom, and thinks she will find it on the past. That’s where she’s mistaken... Or not.
Short Film Corner Cannes Film Festival 2016