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Director: Bas-Tzion Beahan

United States, 2018, 15 min

Shooting Format:HD

Festival Year:2019


Cast:Moon Unit Zappa

Crew:Writers: Bas-Tzion Beahan - Producers: Jennifer Goodridge

Email:nathalia_bastzion AT


A young and expecting mother suffers a horrific abandonment as she understands the cost of what it means to love and be loved.


About the director

Nathalia Bas-Tzion Beahan is an Italian / Spanish / Jewish director Born in Canada, currently based in Los Angeles. A Death Story Called Girl was written & Directed by Nathalia Bas-Tzion Beahan and is her directorial debut produced by Centaurus A Pictures AKA Manimal Films . It is the first in a trilogy of films in which she explores ultra-violence and isolation from the female gaze. Nathalia has completed her sophomore effort ESSERE AMATO (To Be Loved). A Fellini inspired short film that explores the horrific abandonment of a young mother. The third in the trilogy ""Bad"" explores a monstrous mother daughter relationship destroyed by abuse.


Filmmaker's note

Essere Amato (To Be Loved) is the second in a trilogy of films in which I explore ultra-violence and isolation from the female gaze. The film being a direct statement on the desensitization of the Catholic church as well as the oppression of young women in an era rampant with misogynistic ideals, Essere Amato explores these themes through the eyes of my protagonist Anna.

Taking cues, from cinematic icons such as Lynch and Cassavetes, my goal is to target these poignant visuals forming an extreme cinematic experience and story told in monochromatic and high contrast Black & White film.

Telling the story of Anna is an extremely volatile and horrific experience, but also a familiar one. Being the child of a mother who was abandoned at childbirth, my mother’s mother was also abandoned. This is an all too common story among women that has been living inside us all for some time. The horrific elements are incorporated and important as to visually describe the confusion and paranoia that accompanies labor and thought disorder and at young age. Experiencing what it means to be loved comes in many configurations; whether it’s in the form of faith, self-love and self-preservation, lust and idolization, cause and creation. Essere Amato investigates the numerous conditions of love.

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