Director Biography – Itamar Isaak (A NIGHT WITHOUT)

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Graduated from Bezalel academy for arts and design in animation department in 2017. A freelance musician and animator.

Director Statement

Inspired by the short story “Sleepy” by Anton chekhov, this short film deals with the process of going insane and the awakening of a man’s inner demons.

Director Biography – Paola Bernardini, Wayland Bell (SOLITAIRE)

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Paola is an Italian Director and Producer based in New York. She holds a BFA in Film from the School of Visual Arts. During her stay in New York she obtained experience in film, commercial and theater productions.

Paola was awarded numerous awards including one from the New York Women in Film and Television, screened at over 20 film festivals and received an international distribution deal for her Italian short film “Citta’ dei Sogni” (City of Dreams)

She is fluent in Italian, French and English and will continue her filmmaking journey around the world.

Director Statement

To make a film it takes a team, this film had a team of two. The reason Solitaire was created by only two people was our craving to tell a story in a way that would challenge us as filmmakers.

This is the first time anyone has shot a film at the Italian Embassy in Brazil. The opportunity was too good to pass up, so Wayland Bell and myself packed our bags and went to Brazil.
The story was created in the moment, inspired by the Embassy and shot without a crew.

The Embassy is famous for its renowned engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. In his time, he was the rockstar of architecture, creating works all over the world, such as the Papal Audience Hall in the Vatican and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The structure Nervi had created is a magical but also dark and lonely place, we wanted it to overwhelm the story, therefore becoming a character itself. What would happen to someone who lived completely isolated in this empty mansion? We took that idea and exaggerated it.

Solitaire is dark comedy about a young woman that has shut herself in her mansion from all human interaction. She welcomes into her house a young man who wishes to work on her property as a groundskeeper. This man is the perfect excuse for her to have some companionship. She quickly becomes overly attached to him and the story takes a surreal magical turn when he tries to leave the estate.
I wanted the film to have a suspenseful tone, full of funny and awkward moments. I hope the viewer enjoys these fun moments in a film about friendship and loneliness.

– Paola Bernardini

Short Film: SOLITAIRE, 15min., USA, Thriller/Drama

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In this dark comedy we follow a young woman who has secluded herself in her palatial estate from any human interaction. When she hires a handyman in the hopes of relieving her lack of companion ship, she finds herself overwhelmed with attachment to this man which quickly snowballs when he attempts to leave the estate.

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Director Biography – Alejandro Cabrera (THE SLEEP OF RIGHTEOUS)

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Alejandro Cabrera, Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Seville, is a Spanish filmmaker based in Mexico where he currently freelances as a reader and script-doctor. He also collaborates with the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (Mexico) where he teaches workshops on Screenwriting and Film Grammar.

As a filmgoer he loves all film genres, but as a filmmaker he is often drawn to Crime Dramas and Thrillers of every kind.

Director Statement

From the beginning “The Sleep of the Righteous” was thought as a genre film. However, the underlying issue comes from a very real everyday drama in Mexico: the high rate of crime impunity and the widespread sense of defenselessness of citizens before criminals due to the lack of sufficient judges and police officers. All that combined with a generalized distrust in the authorities seemed to me fertile ground for the emergence of acts of frontier justice, with the inherent perils that this could entail.

Short Film: THE SLEEP OF THE RIGHTEOUS, 16min., Mexico, Thiller/Action

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In Mexico, where only one in every 100 crimes ends in a conviction, a group of men decide to wait no more and take justice on their own hands. Soon they discover that they’ve killed the wrong man, that two police detectives seem to be on their track and that a gang of real criminals want to make them pay for their mistake.

THRILLER Best Scene Reading: KILLER BE KILLED, by Frank Friedlander

CAST LIST:

Jeffrey: Aaron Maxwell Williams
Abigail: Kristen MacCulloch
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Tammy: Camila Aguirre
Portia: Katelyn Varadi
Karaleigh: Melinda Jordan

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch