Lud Mônaco is a Brazilian screenwriter & director, whose work explores the female universe. With Oranges Monaco follows two female lovers on a memory trip. One that seems very personal to Monaco, and yet to all. Full of momentary reflections in rose tinted glasses Oranges looks to capture the blissful past and the heartbreak future of a love lost.
<< This project started at a cafe in Barcelona when a friend asked me what I was going to do in France. I told him I was going to shoot a love story that I still did not know. The next day I was on a bus to Normandy, thinking of all my past relationships, when I started brainstorming 'Oranges'. I was beginning to enter the state of love. The state of falling in love and being present; connected to the current moment. Instantly I became a witness to every form of life that was manifesting around me. The whisper that would reveal the concern of a stranger. The trees that would constantly disappear in the window of a moving car. I was taken by a restless search for a future that was not over yet. I was obsessed with collecting genuine images that would rhyme regardless of their different contexts. The situations were all connected by a common denominator: an adventurous spirit that would turn two strangers into lovers.
Their thirst for freedom was beyond any clock movement; any sound of a plane taking off; each and every idea that could warn them they were ephemeral. None of them cared if it all could lead to the downfall of Troy. They were busy falling in love! And just by recalling the beauty, the end could be bearable. For me, the images of a breakup are not worth showing for too long. A voice was enough to speak out the sorrow, but only under the condition of getting overwhelmed by the most beautiful images of two lovers in love with life! I aimed to tell a story that viewers would feel sorry for an outcome that did not imply to their lives. 'Oranges' is an overdose of information inspired by a true romance. It is not about understanding all, but feeling.
This project was written, produced and shot in forty-eight hours. I met each member of the crew just the day before the shooting and invited them to be part of a film that I had yet not written. Luckily, they said yes and wrote it with me. >>