Film director, screenwriter.

BPD (2021)

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.

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.

BPD - A short film about Borderline Personality Disorder by Martin Basile


Vera Ingrid Canepa
Martin Basile

Country: Italy.
Language: Italian.
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:

Director’s Statement

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.

Movies about BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that affects an individual’s emotions, relationships, and sense of self. It can be a challenging disorder to understand, but there are several films that aim to shed light on the experience of those living with BPD. One such film is BPD, written and directed by Martin Basile in 2021.

The film, which stars Vera Ingrid Canepa and Martin Basile, follows a girl who is trapped in her garage and must fight against the pitfalls of her Borderline Personality Disorder in order to escape. The director’s statement explains that the film was created to raise awareness about the condition, which can be difficult for many people to understand.

The film’s structure is based on some of the main symptoms of BPD, including a fragmented sense of self, a feeling of emptiness, the fear of abandonment and self-hatred. The protagonist is not given a solution to her problem, as there is no easy way out of BPD. However, the film highlights that it is possible to work on the condition through dialectical behavioral therapy.

BPD received several awards for its technical aspects, including Best Horror Short Film and Best Sound Design at the OTB Film Awards in August/September 2021. The film was written, directed, photographed, edited and scored by Martin Basile, with the help of a small team of collaborators.

Other films that touch on the topic of BPD include “Girl, Interrupted,” “The Mighty,” “Mr. Jones,” and “Welcome to Me.” While BPD can be a difficult and isolating condition, these films aim to provide a deeper understanding and empathy for those who are affected by it.



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