Master’s Project 2021 of the MA Serial Storytelling at the ifs internationale filmschule köln
CROSSFADED is an exploration of the contradictory need to build meaningful relationships while not letting anyone get too close.
DJ Nicolás (29) returns to CDMX after a year-long stay in rehab. He temporarily moves in with Helena, his uptight younger sister. He gets a teaching position at his alma mater, the National Conservatory. Nicolás intends to stay clear and forget about nightlife and his past. However, he is soon confronted with María, his ex-girlfriend, who also works at the conservatory.
The fragile status quo Nicolás is trying to establish vanishes when Raúl, Nicolás’ best friend, persuades him to play at a party. That fateful night sends everyone down a new path, as fleeting encounters turn into personal entanglements.
At the same party, Helena, Nicolás’ sister, meets Odette. Odette is a seductive psychologist and the complete opposite of Helena: free, open and passionate. After a rocky first encounter, Odette and Helena start dating. Through Odette, Helena finds access to her desires, which inevitably run amok after being locked away for so long.
Raúl is addicted to cocaine and almost broke. He relies on the talent of Nicolás and Sonia to get back on his feet. Raúl asks Nicolás for a hefty sum of money to pay for their party’s venue, which he eventually uses to bail himself out. Being a shrewd talker, Raul is confident he can make up the loss by dealing cocaine. However, he soon learns that his silver tongue is not enough to traverse the dangerous narco world that he carelessly plunged into.
Ricardo Ortega Clavel