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"Violetta" Is an Official Selection of the 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival!

Updated: Jul 28


"Violetta" is a short film, written and directed by Aaron Lehmann, about a young girl who is coming of age via her voyeuristic obsessions, which transport her out of a tragic home life.

It will screen at the Museum of The Moving Image at 5:30PM, Sunday March 25, in the amazing Redstone Theater, located at 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106.

The film was beautifully shot by DP Marcin Kapron in a documentary-like style inspired by the films of the Dardenne brothers. The lead character of Violetta is passionately and skillfully portrayed by Patty Santa Cruz. "Violetta" is a story about Colombian immigrants and the isolation felt in a foreign land and culture. It is about loss, addiction, obsession and the formation of identity.

"Violetta" is a student film created while attending the Stony Brook University | Killer Films MFA program in Manhattan. It was shot entirely in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Turning eight in 2018, QWFF includes an annual multi day/multi venue festival, youth-oriented educational initiatives and year round screening opportunities for QWFF filmmakers, past and present. The festival is programmed in thematic blocks with evocative titles, and each program is followed by a post-screening dialogue to engage audiences from the demographically diverse communities that comprise the borough of Queens. Each year the festival has a very robust submission session, with films coming from all over the globe, 63 nations to date, including Cuba, Franc, Spain, Serbia, Korea, Bangladesh, China, Italy, the Ukraine, Iran, Scotland, Belgium, Finland and the UK to name just a few.

In every year’s festival there are tender films, heartbreaking films, and several works that are extremely provocative, maybe even, disturbing and the selections tie us into conversations people are having around the world via the real stars of the festival: the films. It’s about surrendering to the films, without looking for familiar names, titles, scores. It’s about creating the right context for personal, intimate films grouped together for a cinematic experience you will not get anywhere else on the planet.

The 8th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns to the Museum of the Moving Image in both the Redstone and the Bartos room as well as the historic Zukor Theatre at the Kaufman Astoria Studios located right next door. Strategically placed in the middle is the fabled Astor Room with incredible food and special discounts just for QWFF participants and attendees. The festival village is located in the Astoria Arts District which is subway close and easy to find via foot or in your car (Yes, there is street and metered parking!) – from the Queens World Film Festival website

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