Javier Giner, former assistant director to Pedro Almodóvar, has published a novel, El dedo en el corazón, and several stories and tales. He has shot several short films: Night Flowers and Save me and Puerta a puerta filmed for the TV program Alaska y Coronas, which went viral.

His latest film, El amor me queda grande, was six years in the making and has been selected to numerous competitions and won several awards. In Spain, the short was premiered at the Festival Medina del Campo and then went on to compete in the Official Selection at the 17th Short Film Festival of Malaga. Love is more than I can handle will make its world premiere on the Feelmakers platform for Valentine’s Day.

Starring Lucia Caraballo and Izan Corchero, the short shows how ten-year-old Samuel is madly in love with Lucia. Lucia is twelve years old and, after her father’s mysterious death in a car crash, she has a master plan for getting rid of the only obstacle in her life preventing her from getting what she desires: to become a writer, film critic and rich. Lucia will use all her seductive charms; emulating femme fatales from the detective movies and novels that she compulsively watches and reads, all to get Samuel, in the name of their love, to commit a crime. The two kids meet up on a park bench to do a dance in manipulation, one that will reach new, funny and disturbing meaning, with the adults as their innocent witnesses.

Like in classic film noir stories, but filled with comedy, fatality, manipulation, jealousy, passion, and the right amount of dark surrealism, it holds all the right ingredients for a children’s story about the power of imagination, and the price that sometimes you pay for falling in love.

Share the latest work by Javier Giner with your partner on Sunday, 14 February on Feelmakers.