A capsule romance accelerates dramatically as two filmmakers are forced to move in together after two weeks of knowing each other. How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic is a short documentary from award-winning Irish filmmaker Michael-David McKernan, with accompanying soundtrack from electronic music producer Daithí.
Daithí says: “Micheal David and I have been good friends since we worked on his last film ‘HALO’ together. When he told me about his pandemic with Mimi I was blown away, and once he showed me the documentary, I found it really inspiring.
To score the short film, we used elements of music from my entire career. I found the last few minutes of the documentary so captivating, I wrote a piece of music specially for it, in the space of a few hours. I named the piece after the documentary, and I’m excited to release it as a single on the 10th of July.
It’s an incredible story, and I’m really proud to be a part of bringing it to screen.”
Two filmmakers match on Tinder in Chicago, USA. Michael-David and Mimi spend a whirlwind weekend together before saying goodbye as Michael-David returns home to Ireland. Two weeks later Mimi arrives in Dublin for a five day trip and returns to their capsule romance.
Mimi lands on March 13th, the same day Ireland declares lockdown against the COVID-19 pandemic. Air travel halts, her return flight is cancelled, and the pair are forced to move in together indefinitely. Using smartphones, they document the acceleration of their relationship and try to make sense of their new romance. How do you fast-track matching on Tinder to living together?
Directed by Michael-David McKernan from his own personal experience of lockdown, this is a story of accidental romantics, pushed together at a time when most people are being kept apart.
Michael-David McKernan says: “The film is a story about the most universal of feelings. It’s a reminder that love can appear unexpectedly and be an antidote to strange and uncertain times. This is a deeply personal film, and not something I expected myself to make. It is a time capsule to a special and crazy experience in my life that I’m sure viewers will connect with.”
How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic premieres online, as part of the 32nd Galway Film Fleadh, 5pm, Friday 10th July 2020.
See www.galwayfilmfleadh.com for details.
Watch the trailer here:: https://vimeo.com/426226551
How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic is kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.