admin On settembre - 3 - 2012

Amazingly not in the official competition of the Venice FF 2012, ‘Disconnect’ by Henry-Alex Rubin revealed to be ine of the best things presented at the italian kermesse, mixing extremely high actors performances and a script like an intense and deep jump into human beings and contemporary moods.

The movie investigates in communication in today’s society, taking different and parallel stories of couples, families, schools, adolescents, marriages, brothers and mixing them into a votex of feelings and solitude, where the need to comunicate seems to be the answer, the key, the solution and the focus of peoples’s existances.

Disconnect interweaves multiple emotional storylines about people searching for human connection in today’s wired world. At times poignant, harrowing and touching, the stories intersect with surprising twists that expose a shocking reality into our daily use of technology that mediates and defi nes our relationships and ultimately our lives.

Director Rubin told us in an interview: “The movie is about contemporary life and about how we are all victims of the new technologies, how we need to speak, in some ways, to the others, not being sble to do that in common ways. People today chats and work online, finding love and opportunities, but matters are behind that, such as exploitation, young adolescents weakness and much more… We all wear masks online, and we can also be in anonymity, and everything is so different in reality that my protagonists can only react to that during the story trying to stare at each ither and to speak more to their affecteds. There are no soecial effects because in my opinion cinema needs to jump back to real life and feelings, with only music (by Max Richter) as a soundtrack of life. Everything is true and can happen to all of us. New technologies are sometimes like drugs we cannot avoid, and only when we disconnect from them we can connect to our real life. The final scenes are something bitter sweet, with hope and tragedy…

I was moved to make this fi lm because I saw in it a very compassionate view of human fallibility. The characters struggle to fi ght off loneliness, cover up hurt. Everyone has felt alone at some point, it’s universal. And while more people are using technology as a tool to feel connected, at times it can be at the expense of those sitting right next to us. How many times have we seen people at dinner on their phones, not talking? My background is documentaries, which I always think of as love letters to my subjects. Disconnect is a love letter to being flawed and human”.


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