|SOLO SOY SOLOMON|
(ONLY SOLOMON LEE)
|Winner: Best Director Narrative Short|
|Cast: ||Assol Abdullina, Michael J. Cannon, Dan Chen, Dan Chen, Toree Hill, Yasuo Kuroha, Tym Moss, Gene Pope, Pete Smith|
|Crew: ||Screenplay: Àlex Lora, Miguel De La Fuente -
Cinematography: Rommel Genciana -
Editing: Leox Rala -
Sound: Lalo Rexa, Julián Jiménez|
Outskirts of the city... In the depths of a factory an alienated loner nurtures himself with the lives that he finds in stolen laptops. In his own obsession Solomon is looking for a miracle: connect with someone, run away from himself, and love.
Winner of a New York Emmy®, finalist for the Oscars®-Student Academy Awards, and winner of a Gaudi® Catalan Academy Award after being nominated on three occasions, Alex Lora is a Spanish filmmaker based in New York City who has screened twice at Sundance Film Festival as Official Selection. Listed as one of the top 10 promising Spanish directors to watch for in Variety's Cannes Edition of 2014, his work has received over 100 awards, being officially selected in some of the most internationally-acclaimed film festivals. Alex has also participated at Berlinale's Talent Campus, Guadalajara Doculab, Dok.Incubator, Screenwriting CineQuaNon lab, Sources lab, and IFP independent Week. He has taught film at several prestigious universities and received his MFA in Media Arts Production at City College of New York as a Fulbright scholar, mentored by Antonio Tibaldi and Chantal Akerman.
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Only Solomon Lee adapts a personal story in which autobiographical events are revealed and explored. In order to get the necessary distance I decided to take it to the realm of the bizarre and fantastic and expose it with irony and freshness. The themes threaded throughout are similar to those I've tackled in my previous films: the incapacities -the inability to connect with someone-, the feeling of displacement with the consequent difficulty to fit in, and the redefinition of identity.
To address these issues I tell the story of Solomon, an Asiatic immigrant who struggles to find his place in the world. He is the vehicle to reflect and portray the immigrant attempting to adapt to his surroundings in a city that is literally swallowing him. Solomon lives locked in a solitary and secretive world, working in the depths of a treatment plant, wearing a biohazard suit and a mask that protect him as much as they seclude him. He finds his only escape by stealing computers in which he explores the lives of others. His attempt to contact the owners makes his inability to connect even more visible as he enters and faces a world that he does not understand.
Everything changes when he finds an image of a particular girl in one of the computers. He falls in love and she becomes the impossible object of his obsession. The admiration for the desired object becomes the vehicle to explore his own identity and sexuality. In his obsession Solomon loses his perspective to the point where he no longer understands if he wants her, if he wants to be like her, or if he just wants to be her.
In the end Solomon connects with the object of his desire in an unexpected, rather extreme way and in doing so, he sheds some light to understand her and share the same pain she endures. The film deals with irony using the different shades and shadows that isolation and obsession may conceal. These overwhelming emotions, when darkened, can disrupt our souls beyond reason, leaving us displaced far away from our dreams and destiny.