Irene takes refuge in a small mountain village after her recent breakup in order to escape a new, overwhelming life. The stillness of the place, the nature and company of Gina, a young woman who has just recovered from a serious illness, will help to give Irene a more constructive perspective of her life and confront this new phase more confidently.
After getting a degree in Art History by the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and having coursed a master in Cultural Management in 2000, Elena Trapé entered the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya) determined to be a film director.
In 2004 she graduated in Cinema Direction with the project I don’t want the night, for which she received several awards. Pyjamas (2008) was her second short film (GijÓn Film Festival, Valencia Cinema Jove Festival, etc).
The downfall was her first TV film, shot in summer 2008 and nominated on the best TV film category at the 2009 Gaudí’s awards.
In 2010 her first feature film, Blog, was released at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi Section) winning the Otra Mirada Award and nominated as Best Breakout Director at the CEC Prizes (Circle of Cinematographic Critics). Her second feature film, Distances, won the Biznaga de Oro award at the Málaga Film Festival and the Biznagas de Plata to the best script and best leading actress. Distances also won the Gaudí Award to best films and the Sant Jordi Cinematography Award to best film.
She has recently directed the documentary Palabras, Mapas, Secretos y Otras cosas, about the cinema director Isabel Coixet, premiered in Malaga Film Festival 2015.
Professionally she combines the development of her own fiction projects and the advertisement direction in different productions companies.
Distances is her second feature film.