"Violetta" is a short film about a young girl who is coming of age via her voyeuristic obsessions, which transport her out of a tragic home life. It is being created as part of the Stony Brook University | Killer Films graduate program in New York City.
Violetta lives with her Father in a claustrophobic apartment and neighborhood in Queens, New York. After the loss of her Mother a few years ago, her Father has developed a drinking problem
and she, as a result, has grown increasingly introverted and socially phobic. It is a coming of age story that showcases Violetta's developing obsessions with a Dominatrix, who lives across the street, and a young skater boy, who practices nearby her home. These obsessions may be pathways for her escape, as things becoming increasingly anarchic at home.
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.