Violetta

"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 was produced while attending the Stony Brook University | Killer Films graduate program in New York City.

 

Violetta lives with her father, Diego (Jorge Alberto Alvarado), 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, Justin (Peter Louis Shaw), 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. 

 

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CAST

 

Violetta................Patty Santa Cruz

Diego....................Jorge Alberto Alvarado

Justin...................Peter Louis Shaw

Man 1...................Eduardo Florez

Man 2...................Jayson Molinares

 

CREW

 

Writer/Director/Producer/Editor....................Aaron Lehmann

Producer................................Shaniqua Henry-Davis

Associate Producer............Temar France

Assistant Director...............Toni Sideco

Director of Photography...Marcin Kapron

1st Assistant Camera........Borna Jafari

Production Designer..........Danielle Bellucci

Sound Mixer.........................Ally Kirkpatrick

Production Assistant.........Alexandra Bourekas

Production Assistant.........Jayson Molinares