Empathy is a coming-of-age feature urban-fantasy film with a teenage female lead who becomes involved in a dangerous adventure, where magic is bloodier than in fairy tales.
Hazel, a present-day Witch apprentice, runs away from home when her mother (who is her master) try to kill her. Forced to face her enemies alone, she embarks on the difficult path to explore her own powers and learn the real meaning of "family" to survive her enemies.
Hazel lives alone with her mother on a small forested island. Although most people see her as a regular high school student, she is actually an apprentice witch who spends most of her days training with her mother to control nature with magic. One day, Hazel’s mother commands her to destroy her empathy in order to become a more powerful witch. When Hazel refuses, her mother suddenly tries to take her life. Hazel learns that she was bred to be a weapon in a war between witches who kill their empathy and witches who, like Hazel, have kept theirs. Severely hurt after a battle with her mother, Hazel escapes from the island and embarks on a search for a new teacher to help her survive the enemies who now pursue her. But her empathy will turn out to be her definitive weapon.
Writer/Director: Juan Francisco Calero
After graduating in Film/Video/Photography and winning several writing contest in Spain, Juan Francisco started his career as a TV editor sixteen years ago. Since then, he has worked in the postproduction and camera departments on countless shorts, music videos, TV series, and feature films. His postproduction work has won and been nominated for several awards, including Oscar nominations for the VFX on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Ridley Scott’s The Martian. As a writer/director, his Spanish webseries The Chronicles of Maia was picked up for co-production by one of the biggest Spanish networks due to its production value and narrative quality despite its low budget. After working on the VFX for Suicide Squad, Juan Francisco is preparing to shoot his first feature film as director in Canada.