My Emptiness and I

Mi vacío y yo

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Raphi is young, androgynous, and naive. In Barcelona, she begins a gender transition as well as an arduous journey to find her true identity. We follow this brace trans woman during this essential, if confusing, period of metamorphosis: We see her in her everyday life, as she talks candidly with colleagues, queer friends, and the men she meets through apps. Despite all the advice she receives, it turns out that it is mostly time and experience that will help her embrace her place in this world. Created in response to an urge (or the urgency) to portray the life of trans people in the first person – not only making them participants in the project, but placing them at the core of the creative process, becoming active subjects, and not objects of representation – this delicate, emotionally intelligent feature shot by the director of Sediments (Special Jury Prize at the 2021 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival) reformulates the ever-timely issues of identity politics and inclusion.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Adrián Silvestre
Script: Adrián Silvestre, Carles Marqués-Marcet, Raphaelle Pérez
Cinematography: Laura Herrero Garvín
Editing: Adrián Silvestre
Actors: Raphaelle Pérez, Alberto Díaz, Marc Ribera, Isabel Rocatti
Production: Testamento, Promarfi Futuro 2010, Alba Sotorra
Producers: Marta Figueras, Javier Pérez Santana, Alba Sotorra
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Spain
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 98΄
Contact: The Film Collaborative
Awards/Distinctions: Special Jury Prize – 25th Festival de Málaga, Grant Jury Honorable Mention for performance in an international narrative feature (Raphaëlle Perez) – Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival

Adrián Silvestre

Andrian Silvestre was born in Valencia in 1981. He studied Audiovisual Communication, Film Direction, and Contemporary Art History in Madrid, Rome, and Havana. In his film projects, he explores the limits between reality and fiction, staging real people alongside professional performers, taking on artistic practice from the analysis of their life experiences. His films are preceded by a process of close collaboration with communities, generally linked to issues of gender, migration, and LGBTI groups.


2016 The Objects of Love
2021 Sediments (doc)
2022 My Emptiness and I