Critically acclaimed filmmaker Pablo Proenza made his feature debut with Dark Mirror (IFC Films), a supernatural thriller Variety compared to Repulsion and The Others, praising its “spooky” and “fascinat[ing]…spin on the genre.” It is currently the top-selling film of all time for IFC Films, On Demand.
Proenza has been receiving rave reviews for his work ever since his break-out film, a short called ViDi which he wrote and directed, was screened at festivals around the world. (“Superbly accomplished. A masterpiece.” - Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix.)
Proenza has also stood out as an editor, acting as a lead editor on Michael Moore’s latest documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, and editing a few scenes on Terrence Malick’s The New World (credited as Special Thanks).
A passionate cinephile from an early age, Proenza was given his first camera at the age of eight. The son of Cuban-American immigrants (an economist for the United Nations and a gifted ceramicist), Proenza had an international upbringing (Washington, D.C.; San Jose, Costa Rica; Rome, Italy; Miami, Fl).
“For intimations of genius, there’s Pablo Proenza’s superbly accomplished
A masterpiece…[set in the] not-too-distant-future, a world of futuristic
ennui that Proenza re-creates with the creepy atmosphere and acute
details of a
Stanley Kubrick or a David Cronenberg.”
–Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
“A keenly intelligent and powerful half-hour that successfully
places us within a fully realized world… ViDi feels like one of those career launching
pieces [that announces] the beginning of a beautiful relationship between filmmaker
–Betsy Sherman, Boston Globe
“A spooky and fascinat[ing]… spin on the genre… Defying logic
while continuously flirting with it, Pablo Proenza’s debut feature about a haunted
house — or a woman’s madness, or both — sustains suspense throughout, thanks in part
to the tour-de-force perf[ormance] of Lisa Vidal as the eye of the spectral storm… In
the tradition of ‘Repulsion,’ ‘The Others’ and recent J-horror… Proenza convincingly adds another
turn of the screw to the equation of female hysteria and supernaturally possessed
–Ronnie Scheib, Variety