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Cinephile

4/5
The line between reality and fantasy is blurred in this poignant tale of solitude and mental health.

Synopsis

A young man, exhausted by his quarantine loneliness, follows in the footsteps of his favorite cinematic hero and tries to live his neighbors’ lives.

Review

Written and directed by Ellen Rodnianski, ‘Cinephile’ is a short drama film that delves into a young man’s mental health during a period of quarantine. Benjamin Levy Aguilar stars as the sole character. The narrative explores themes of isolation and anxiety as the boundaries of fantasy and reality are blurred sparked by extreme solitude. Despite the film’s drastic plotline, viewers will be able to sympathise with the character due to government imposed lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 8-minute dramatic thriller opens with the young man transfixed to his TV set. Overwhelmed by boredom, the man utilizes a long-range listening device to seek comfort in his neighbors conversation – before long, this absorbed dependency is threatened when his neighbors become evicted. The succeeding narrative unravels the characters’ fragile state of mind – a poignant tale that highlights the detriments of prolonged solitude.

Ellen Rodnianski has created a captivating film that doesn’t shy away from exploring the sorrow within loneliness. Benjamin Levy Aguilar’s portrayal as the sole character deserves the high acclaim – his ability to hold the narrative for 8-minutes demonstrates his competent artistry. Cinematography, lighting and post-production is well orchestrated – expect a cinematic experience with high quality craftsmanship throughout. Highly recommended viewing.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Ellen Rodnianski
Writer(s): Ellen Rodnianski
Cast: Benjamin Levy Aguilar
Producer(s): Ellen Rodnianski, Undine Buka
Director of Photography: Mariano De Luca
Animation (if applicable):

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Runtime: 8 min

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Synopsis

A young man, exhausted by his quarantine loneliness, follows in the footsteps of his favorite cinematic hero and tries to live his neighbors’ lives.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Ellen Rodnianski
Writer(s): Ellen Rodnianski
Cast: Benjamin Levy Aguilar
Producer(s): Ellen Rodnianski, Undine Buka
Director of Photography: Mariano De Luca
Animation:

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Runtime: 8 min

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Cinephile

4/5

The line between reality and fantasy is blurred in this poignant tale of solitude and mental health.

Cinephile Short Film
Written and directed by Ellen Rodnianski, ‘Cinephile’ is a short drama film that delves into a young man’s mental health during a period of quarantine. Benjamin Levy Aguilar stars as the sole character. The narrative explores themes of isolation and anxiety as the boundaries of fantasy and reality are blurred sparked by extreme solitude. Despite the film’s drastic plotline, viewers will be able to sympathise with the character due to government imposed lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 8-minute dramatic thriller opens with the young man transfixed to his TV set. Overwhelmed by boredom, the man utilizes a long-range listening device to seek comfort in his neighbors conversation – before long, this absorbed dependency is threatened when his neighbors become evicted. The succeeding narrative unravels the characters’ fragile state of mind – a poignant tale that highlights the detriments of prolonged solitude.

Ellen Rodnianski has created a captivating film that doesn’t shy away from exploring the sorrow within loneliness. Benjamin Levy Aguilar’s portrayal as the sole character deserves the high acclaim – his ability to hold the narrative for 8-minutes demonstrates his competent artistry. Cinematography, lighting and post-production is well orchestrated – expect a cinematic experience with high quality craftsmanship throughout. Highly recommended viewing.

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