I Don’t Know

Synopsis

Jerry just wants to send a message to a friend – and thus triggers a sentimental avalanche, which everyone knows well in such a situation: courage, fear, childishness, humor, rationality and irrationality. In particular, the conflict between fear and courage degenerates, and in an epic battle sequence the feelings wrestle with each other.

A film about the inner ordeal of a teenager, dealing with stereotypes that emerge through our media, which often give us a picture to live by. The film shows a character that our Generation Y can identify with. That’s because we all sometimes have to make decisions that we do not really have the answers to. The decision-making phase is strongly influenced by the external pressure or the pressure we make on ourselves.

Review

5/5
A hilarious comedy that explores a young man’s inner turmoil.
Directed by Veronika Bolotina, from a script by Bolotina & Jacob Eriksson, ‘I Don’t Know’ is a short comedy film that explores a young man’s inner turmoil during a text message exchange. The film delves into the social anxiety that taints the modern-day teenager, sparked by the rise of social media and advancing technology. Ryan Wichert leads the cast as Jerry, with Kathleen Renish as the human embodiment of the Universe. An entrancing, albeit outlandish comedy that will resonate with many.

The 12-minute satire opens with Jerry transfixed to his smartphone – bumping into by-passers on his way home. Once home, his anxiety ripens when his friend and potential crush fails to instigate further conversation via text message. Jerry’s vexation towards the Universe takes the film out-of-this-world (quite literally). Jerry is faced with an up-hill battle of his varied thoughts, which are showcased with physically identical versions of himself.

I Don't Know Short Film
Production design and visual effects are second-to-none for a short film production. High praise to Hao Pung Wo (Production Designer) and Mark Scott (VFX Artist) for bringing Bolotina’s astonishing imagination to life. Cinematography by Andy Justus is equally commendable – rewarding viewers with an authentic cinematic quality. Narratively, the plot is profoundly entertaining and exhilarating with captivating characterization. Ryan Wichert delivers a remarkable portrayal as the varied interpretations of Jerry – an admiral performance from start to finish. Veronika Bolotina (Writer/Director) excels yet again. A consummate filmmaker to keep an eye on. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Veronika Bolotina
Writer(s): Jacob Eriksson, Veronika Bolotina
Cast: Brix Schaumburg, Kathleen Renish, Ryan Wichert
Producer(s): Jan Czmok
Director of Photography: Andy Justus
Editor(s): Tanja Zilg
Animation:
Sound:
Music: Sebastian Schell
Miscellaneous: Britta Dörig,Hao Pung Wo,Mark Scott,Mischel Mansor

Specifications

Genre: Comedy
Subjects: Anxiety, Coming-of-age, Friendship, Identity, Love, Relationships, Satire, Technology
Country: Germany
Language: English
Year: 2019
Publication Date:

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Veronika Bolotina
Writer(s): Jacob Eriksson, Veronika Bolotina
Cast: Brix Schaumburg, Kathleen Renish, Ryan Wichert
Producer(s): Jan Czmok
Director of Photography: Andy Justus
Editor(s): Tanja Zilg
Animation:
Sound:
Music: Sebastian Schell
Miscellaneous: Britta Dörig,Hao Pung Wo,Mark Scott,Mischel Mansor

Specifcations

Genre: Comedy
Subjects: Anxiety, Coming-of-age, Friendship, Identity, Love, Relationships, Satire, Technology
Country: Germany
Language: English
Year: 2019

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I Don’t Know

Synopsis

Jerry just wants to send a message to a friend – and thus triggers a sentimental avalanche, which everyone knows well in such a situation: courage, fear, childishness, humor, rationality and irrationality. In particular, the conflict between fear and courage degenerates, and in an epic battle sequence the feelings wrestle with each other.

A film about the inner ordeal of a teenager, dealing with stereotypes that emerge through our media, which often give us a picture to live by. The film shows a character that our Generation Y can identify with. That’s because we all sometimes have to make decisions that we do not really have the answers to. The decision-making phase is strongly influenced by the external pressure or the pressure we make on ourselves.

Review

A hilarious comedy that explores a young man's inner turmoil.

5/5
Directed by Veronika Bolotina, from a script by Bolotina & Jacob Eriksson, ‘I Don’t Know’ is a short comedy film that explores a young man’s inner turmoil during a text message exchange. The film delves into the social anxiety that taints the modern-day teenager, sparked by the rise of social media and advancing technology. Ryan Wichert leads the cast as Jerry, with Kathleen Renish as the human embodiment of the Universe. An entrancing, albeit outlandish comedy that will resonate with many.

The 12-minute satire opens with Jerry transfixed to his smartphone – bumping into by-passers on his way home. Once home, his anxiety ripens when his friend and potential crush fails to instigate further conversation via text message. Jerry’s vexation towards the Universe takes the film out-of-this-world (quite literally). Jerry is faced with an up-hill battle of his varied thoughts, which are showcased with physically identical versions of himself.

I Don't Know Short Film
Production design and visual effects are second-to-none for a short film production. High praise to Hao Pung Wo (Production Designer) and Mark Scott (VFX Artist) for bringing Bolotina’s astonishing imagination to life. Cinematography by Andy Justus is equally commendable – rewarding viewers with an authentic cinematic quality. Narratively, the plot is profoundly entertaining and exhilarating with captivating characterization. Ryan Wichert delivers a remarkable portrayal as the varied interpretations of Jerry – an admiral performance from start to finish. Veronika Bolotina (Writer/Director) excels yet again. A consummate filmmaker to keep an eye on. Highly recommended.

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