Video and installation artist Miguel Calderón shows in this biographical documentary about the 50-year-old Mexican multimillionaire Emma Bardor how reality can far surpass fiction in improbability - and that time and again. Basically his film is made up of the video research for a full-length film. The way Emma garnered her fortune remains unclear and unimportant. However the way in which that money makes it possible for her to go to the limit in her extreme hobbies and activities becomes overwhelmingly clear.
The eccentric millionaire, mother of a strange adolescent son, has a black belt in karate, is a stuntwoman and artiste and claims to have paranormal gifts. Calderón follows her during races, film recordings, paragnostic performances and dinners with friends, but is - rightly - just as interested in the thoughts of the 25 bodyguards and her son's gun collection.
The woman is entirely convinced of herself and has no trouble linking together different worlds. But Calderón, who wields the camera, increasingly becomes the frustrated protagonist in his own failed project. (GT)

International title
The Disciple of Speed
Filmmaker
Miguel Calderón
Country
Mexico
Year
2008
Medium
DV cam NTSC
Length
66’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Miguel Calderón, Agustina Chiarino
Production Company
El alma de la fiesta
Sales
El alma de la fiesta
Writer
Miguel Calderón
Cinematography
Mauricio Katz, Miguel Calderón
Editor
Fernando Epstein, Agustina Chiarino, Miguel Calderón, Adrián Pauluk
Production Design
María José Secco
Sound Design
Pedro González
Cast
Emma Bardor