In the latest episode of Queerly’s Stage and Screen Podcast, host Harvey Morton sits down with Nicholas Giuricich to chat about SPARK – A Time-Bending Queer Romance, unraveling the layers of his feature debut that promises to captivate audiences and leave them pondering the nature of love and time.

SYNOPSIS

SPARK introduces us to Aaron, a hopeless romantic trapped in an inexplicable time loop. Every day, he relives an awkward yet passionate encounter with the enigmatic and handsome Trevor. Initially thrilled by the prospect of endless do-overs, Aaron’s excitement turns to unease as he begins to suspect Trevor might be behind the cosmic anomaly. As Aaron’s feelings for Trevor deepen, so do his suspicions, forcing him to navigate the thin line between infatuation and self-destruction.

Described as a blend of Groundhog Day, Vertigo, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, SPARK explores the cyclical nature of toxic relationships and the desperate quest for connection. Can Aaron break free from this cycle, or is he doomed to repeat the same mistakes forever?

Vico-Ortiz (left) and Theo Germaine (right). Courtesy of Berlin 7 and ReKon Productions.
Vico-Ortiz (left) and Theo Germaine (right) in SPARK. Courtesy of Berlin 7 and ReKon Productions.

Interview Highlights

Nicholas Giuricich on Inspiration and Themes

In his conversation with Harvey Morton, Nicholas delves into the personal and thematic inspirations behind SPARK. He reveals, “Attachment issues were a significant influence. I wanted to explore why people, myself included, are drawn to those who may not be good for us, while pushing away those who are.” This introspection led to the film’s unique blend of drama and metaphysical intrigue, with the time loop serving as a metaphor for repeated relationship mistakes.

Casting the Leads

Nicholas shares insights into casting the film’s leads, Theo Germaine and Danell Leyva. “Theo was one of the first people we talked to, and their understanding of the script was evident from our Zoom interview. They brought a sensitivity and talent that was perfect for the role,” Nicholas explains. He also speaks highly of Danell, whose immediate grasp of the story and innate sensitivity made him an ideal fit for the project.

Danell Leyva and Theo Germaine in SPARK. Courtesy of Berlin 7 and ReKon Productions.
Danell Leyva and Theo Germaine in SPARK. Courtesy of Berlin 7 and ReKon Productions.

Influences and Inspirations

Reflecting on the films that influenced SPARK, Nicholas mentions the intimate moments in Moonlight and the excitement and lust in Stranger by the Lake. He also drew inspiration from classic films like Vertigo and 500 Days of Summer, blending these influences to create a narrative that resonates with the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.

Personal Reflections

Nicholas candidly discusses drawing from his own tumultuous dating experiences to shape Aaron’s journey. “I reflected on why I kept trying to make things work that were clearly not going to happen,” he says. This personal touch adds depth and authenticity to the film, making Aaron’s struggles and growth feel relatable and genuine.

SPARK is set to premiere at Dances With Films on Monday, June 24, 2024. For more information about the festival and to stay updated on SPARK, visit https://www.thefilmspark.com or follow @spark_thefilm on Instagram.

Don’t miss this exclusive interview on Queerly’s Stage and Screen Podcast to hear more about Nicholas Giuricich’s creative process, the making of SPARK, and what audiences can expect from the film. Listen below:

Check out an official clip from SPARK here: