Allende

Synopsis

A young father questions himself and the confines of traditional life as the boundaries of his sexuality are tested. Numb to life, Francisco pursues his awakened feelings, embarking on an abstract journey into his heart, mind, and soul. Surrealist scenes and story beats will drive a nonlinear narrative, engaging the audience on a subconscious and emotional level.

Review

5/5
A drama that explores a man’s struggle with his sexuality.
Directed by Yohanon Doron, from a screenplay by Doron & Marina Ippolito, ‘Allende’ is a short drama film that explores the inner turmoil of a family man who is struggling with his sexual identity. Uriel Mendoza leads the cast as Fransisco, with Caraly Sanchez as Maria – his long-suffering wife. Americo Del Rio completes the cast as Miguel, Fransico’s colleague and homosexual liaison. Set in Mexico, the short is produced with no dialogue and delves into themes of religion, sexuality, fatherhood, relationships and mental health.

The 11-minute film is constructed into three parts. Part 1 introduces the audience to the blighted home-life of Fransisco, his heavily pregnant wife and their young child. Inattentive to Maria’s needs, and to his child, Fransisco is overwhelmed by depression – conveying an isolated existence deep in thought. Part 2 explores the consequences of his emotional withdrawal on Maria and probes at his homosexual conquest with a colleague. Part 3 takes a sinister turn, highlighting their volatile relationship, his fear of being outed and resistance of self-acceptance. Expect a disturbing conclusion.

Allende Short Film
‘Allende’ is a remarkable drama that doesn’t shy away from showcasing societal and religious intolerance towards homosexuality. The clever use of no dialogue powerfully emphasizes the characters unspoken personal agony and marital estrangement. Cinematography (Josh Layton) is of an exceptional standard with high quality cinematic imagery from the offset. The tone of the narrative is aided by stellar musical composition by Alexandar Wells. Uriel Mendoza and Caraly Sanchez deliver outstanding performances that deserve acclaim. Highly recommended viewing.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Yohanon Doron
Writer(s): Marina Ippolito, Yohanon Doron
Cast: Americo Del Rio, Caraly Sanchez, Uriel Mendoza
Producer(s): Avi Berne
Director of Photography: Josh Layton
Editor(s): Lainy Black
Animation:
Sound:
Music: Alexander Wells
Miscellaneous:

Specifications

Genre: Drama, LGBTQ+
Subjects: Fatherhood, Gay, Guilt, Heartbreak, Loneliness, Loss, Love, Mental Health, Murder, Queer, Relationships, Religion, Sexuality, Society
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Publication Date:

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Yohanon Doron
Writer(s): Marina Ippolito, Yohanon Doron
Cast: Americo Del Rio, Caraly Sanchez, Uriel Mendoza
Producer(s): Avi Berne
Director of Photography: Josh Layton
Editor(s): Lainy Black
Animation:
Sound:
Music: Alexander Wells
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Drama, LGBTQ+
Subjects: Fatherhood, Gay, Guilt, Heartbreak, Loneliness, Loss, Love, Mental Health, Murder, Queer, Relationships, Religion, Sexuality, Society
Country: Israel
Year: 2021

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Allende

Synopsis

A young father questions himself and the confines of traditional life as the boundaries of his sexuality are tested. Numb to life, Francisco pursues his awakened feelings, embarking on an abstract journey into his heart, mind, and soul. Surrealist scenes and story beats will drive a nonlinear narrative, engaging the audience on a subconscious and emotional level.

Review

A drama that explores a man's struggle with his sexuality.

5/5
Directed by Yohanon Doron, from a screenplay by Doron & Marina Ippolito, ‘Allende’ is a short drama film that explores the inner turmoil of a family man who is struggling with his sexual identity. Uriel Mendoza leads the cast as Fransisco, with Caraly Sanchez as Maria – his long-suffering wife. Americo Del Rio completes the cast as Miguel, Fransico’s colleague and homosexual liaison. Set in Mexico, the short is produced with no dialogue and delves into themes of religion, sexuality, fatherhood, relationships and mental health.

The 11-minute film is constructed into three parts. Part 1 introduces the audience to the blighted home-life of Fransisco, his heavily pregnant wife and their young child. Inattentive to Maria’s needs, and to his child, Fransisco is overwhelmed by depression – conveying an isolated existence deep in thought. Part 2 explores the consequences of his emotional withdrawal on Maria and probes at his homosexual conquest with a colleague. Part 3 takes a sinister turn, highlighting their volatile relationship, his fear of being outed and resistance of self-acceptance. Expect a disturbing conclusion.

Allende Short Film
‘Allende’ is a remarkable drama that doesn’t shy away from showcasing societal and religious intolerance towards homosexuality. The clever use of no dialogue powerfully emphasizes the characters unspoken personal agony and marital estrangement. Cinematography (Josh Layton) is of an exceptional standard with high quality cinematic imagery from the offset. The tone of the narrative is aided by stellar musical composition by Alexandar Wells. Uriel Mendoza and Caraly Sanchez deliver outstanding performances that deserve acclaim. Highly recommended viewing.

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