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Directed by Esteban Roel
Narrative Short
Spain | 21 min | 2023

It is the morning after Valentine’s Day.
Sole is being accused of the alleged sexual abuse of Teodoro, her teddy bear. Graciela, her maid and friend, is the one who reported her to the police.
Agents Justi and Roque must find out what happened in Sole’s house the night before and which of the two women is really responsable since Graciela has also become a suspect.
But the plot thickens with the tug-of-war between the

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The idea of morality has always fascinated me. Having been born in Colombia, raised in Qatar and now living in New York, I’ve been able to live through different social values and cultures, yet morality is something that almost always seems to remain subjective to the individual.
I came up with this story because I was trying to learn more about this topic. I wanted to know if people were born with this desire, or if one day they just chose that they wanted this. I couldn’t wrap my head around why someone would possibly want this.
As I dove deeper into my research, I started to realize that this was also a question about mental health. What could someone do if they felt this way? Which then made me think: What would I do if one my my friends told me something like this? What is the “right” thing to do? Especially when they haven’t done anything. I found myself asking my friends what they would do, soon realizing everyone had a very strong and very different opinion.
I aimed to turn that question into a film. To make a movie that forced people to question their moral compass. To ask themselves the question I had asked myself and asked my friends. “What would you do?” To me, a great film is a film that makes you question what you already know. It opens your eyes and shows you a different perspective on something you thought you understood. My goal for this film is to do just that; to linger in the audiences head long after the credits roll.


Teodoro - Esteban RoelEsteban Roel

Formed between Mexico, Spain and Italy, he directed “036” and “Es un buen chaval”, long-running short films at festivals and later, the feature film “Musarañas”, produced by Álex de la Iglesia and nominated for the Goya. All these works are half-done together with Juanfer Andrés, with whom he has also directed “Tábula rasa”, a new feature film, currently in post-production.
On Stage he has directed and produced “Qué difícil es” and “Que nadie se movi”, produced by LaMandanga, the production company founded by Jon Plazaola and Esteban Roel himself.

Film Information

Director: Esteban Roel
Country:  Spain
Year: 2023
Language: Spaish
Runtime: 21 min
Rated:  R


Writer: María Magdalena Cotun
Producer:  Estaban Roel, Jon Plazaola
Cinematography: Ivan Pinilla
Editor: Juanfer Andrés
Music: Jorge Magaz

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