Lola Rùi is an actress, screenwriter and director. She studied acting with Jorge Eines and Susan Batson. She was a jury member in the IX Iberoamerican Short Film Festival (FIBABC, 2019).
In Theater, it’s remarkable her leading role in “Mary Magdalene” opened at the historical 13th Street Repertory Theater in New York City.
As a film Actress, she received 9 Awards at international film festivals including Best Actress at the “21st Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival” and “Best Shorts Competition” for her role in the short film “The Door” (2018, USA), and Best Actress in fantasy-thriller film at the “Actors Awards” and “Best Actors Award” for her role in the short film “Family” (2019, Spain).
As a Director, she received the Best Female Director Platinum Award at “Independent Shorts Awards” with the short film “Ecclesiastes” (2020, USA) and she garnered more than 20 Awards at festivals in United States, Canada, India, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Japan, with the short films “The Door” (2018, USA) and “Ecclesiastes” (2020, USA), the last one still on festival’s circuit.
Ecclesiastes story was born one day while I was watching TV news. Suddenly, an image caught my attention, laboratory rats stuffed into cages. One of them was out of its cage held by a scientist with a syringe in the other hand. I noticed how the small animal opened its eyes and tried to escape from the man with small and quick movements while he injected the syringe content into its back. At the same time, the reporter ́s voice announced great news: Science was very close to discovering eternal youth. At that moment, I thought that milestone would lead to the discovery of eternal life in a next step. Our temporal space perception is what makes us aware of death causing fear sometimes so man has always tried to seek the secret of immortality. But this new, instead of making me feel happy, stirred me up inside. Many mixed feelings. There could be less to overcome the fear of dying, and on the other hand, many questions arose in my head, but with each question my own answers made me feel more uneasy.
At that time, I started writing Ecclesiastes script. I felt that sharing my feeling through a film was the only thing that could protect me from my own fears. After a few lines of the script, my feelings of anguish didn’t stop. One day, my young goldendoodle Larry, lying next to me, gave me the answer, calming my fears with just a glance, and clarifying how the end of the Ecclesiastes story should be. It happens that animals give us wise answers about life and death beyond the contribution they have made to human being with their own lives. We just have to admire them.
Once the script was finished, it was time to start it. A science fiction short that had to be done on a low budget was something that could be very difficult at first, but finally thanks to an incredible team that trusted me and the project, we managed to advance with the available resources, with a lot of imagination, passion and a lot of work.