BPD (acronym for Borderline Personality Disorder) is a short film written and directed by Martin Basile in 2021, starring Vera Ingrid Canepa and Martin Basile.
It was written and produced in 6 days for Nonantola Film Festival, where it was selected as finalist (still waiting for the winner to be announced).
BPD – Synopsis
A girl can’t get out of her garage. To do so, she will need to fight the pitfalls coming from her Borderline Personality Disorder.
Vera Ingrid Canepa
Director, screenplay, cinematography, editing, original soundtrack: Martin Basile.
Assistant Director: Andrea Ferreccio.
Production assistant: Francesco Repetto, Cecilia Calvi.
Make Up Artist: Angelica Bruzzone.
Thanks to: Andrea Salomone, Nikola Iacovelli, Francesca Basile, Leonardo Malaspina
BPD on Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/BPD
When I write a story, I always start from characters: the best way I learnt to get to know them is by understanding their neurosis and psychosis. This film was specifically done for a 6-days short film festival in Italy. I only knew I had Vera as a lead actress, my garage as a location and a few friends to help me. When I talked to Vera about my way of working I was wondering about the protagonists’ psychology. This is when she confessed me that she suffers from BPD.
Borderline Personality Disorder makes a person emotionally unstable in a way that many people find hard to understand. This is why I thought that making a film about it could be useful. I’ve had personally read about BPD for a long time without fully understanding what it was about, until I worked with Vera on the plot. She helped me understand how the characted would react to the situations I though, making it clear by telling me facts and situations from her past life. This is why I decided to stage this condition allegorically. Words and logic are often overrated in films.
The Structure of the film follows some of the main symptomps of BPD, such as a fragmented sense of self, a feeling of emptiness, the fear of abandonment and self-hatred. The film doesn’t give the protagonist a solution to the problem, because there’s no easy way out of BPD. It is possible to work on it with dialectical behavioral therapy though.