Director Biography – Nils Lane (AGAINST MY WILL)

After making his first short-film out of passion in 2005 at the age of 19, Nils Lane then devoted himself to his engineering studies and his professional career.
Fifteen years later, he decides to immerse himself entirely in the cinematographic universe he has liked so much since his earliest childhood. A multitasking man, he takes care of the screenwriting, the directing and all the other stages of his self-financed productions.

He likes to write and direct his films with one thing in mind “Nothing is what it seems”. Indeed, there is one point where he makes no concessions : the story. This is the foundation for any movie and for him, if it is badly prepared, it will be felt throughout the rest of the film. This is why he spends a lot of time on the writing and especially on the part where he will surprise the viewers. This leads him to enjoy the science fiction and fantasy genres but he enjoys amazing the audience in drama or thriller as well.

Living in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, Paris, he thrives on its film sets to beautify his fictions. Yet, a good story and beautiful decors are not enough for Nils Lane. The acting is the part that gives life to his stories and he can be demanding with his cast. But one of the parts where he is the most uncompromising is without contest the post-production. Even if he is still a beginner at it, editing, sound mixing, color grading and all the other post-production parts are completely and strictly managed end to end by him.

His goal is to one day be the screenwriter and director of a produced feature-length motion picture. In the meantime, he is preparing many short films projects (drama, thriller and sci-fi) but also a web series about social and emotional relationships in our generation.

Director Statement

Even though this story is a fiction, it was written from real events experienced or told by those very close to me. My own experience with lockdowns is also infused into the storyline.
It is indeed this common experience lived by many people that inspired me to write a story describing the slow downfall of a person affected by the deprivation of freedom that destroys her psychologically. I also wanted to explore the consequences on her married, family and professional life.

Based on what happened in France in November 2020, the story was written in December 2020, shot in January 2021 and the post-production took place until April 2021 to deliver the movie in the heat of the moment as the subject is very contemporary.
Due to their very recent experience of such events, many people will find themselves in one or more of the characters portrayed in this short film.

Short Film: AGAINST MY WILL, 28min., France, Drama

Valérie, a successful woman, happy in her couple, has left her consulting firm to open a very popular restaurant. Unfortunately, her life is suddenly turned upside down when the second lockdown of the French population was announced. At the end of her rope, psychologically exhausted and financially weakened, Valérie is now on the edge of the precipice. With no lifeline on the horizon and as she retreats into herself, she slowly succumbs to an insidious addiction much to the dismay of those close to her.

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Short Film: VAVEYLA, 10min., Turkey, Drama

The story set in an unnamed school begins with a teacherentering the school with an olive sapling. Parents enter the classroom with boxes, each of different sizes, each symbolizing a different student, and deliver the boxes to the teacher. The teacher takes special care of each of the boxes, repairs the worn, ripped, neglected sides with band-aids and uses a brush and paint to make them look more beautiful. During the school year, the teacher continues these processes and maintains care for the boxes. The teacher realizes that some parents care for their boxes while others neglect them. Despite the teacher reaching out to them, it is seen that some of the parents are still not interested in their boxes. Towards the end of the school year, the teacher, who noticesmovement in the boxes of the parents that cared for their boxes, opens the boxesand sees doves that have hatched from their eggs. The other parents who did not care for their boxes blame the teacher for the lack of doves in their boxes and report the teacher to the officials. Inspectors who come after this complaint realize that the incident is not related to the teacher, but that the parents caused this situation. Despite this, some parents persistently accuse the teacher and invade the classroom. They assault the teacher symbolically by breaking the paint brush, which is the teacher’s most important tool. After the scene darkens, the screen turns back on. We see that the olive sapling brought by the teacher has grown and the teacher is standing on the olive tree as a white dove. A text appears in the sky.

Director Biography – Davide Petrosino (A COUPLE)

Davide Petrosino was born in Nocera Inferiore on February 21st 1993. After the university, he graduates in film directing at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. His school short films “Memories of Tomorrow” and “The Cage” attended several pretigious festivals in Italy and abroad, winning some prizes. In 2019 CSC calls him back to realize “A Couple”. During the same year he co-directs the documentary “Strike! – Fighting for a Future”, Best Documentary Award winner at Riviera International Film Festival.


Best Short Film: LAZARUS MOTEL
Best Performances: A SERPENT BY THE NEST
Best Cinematography: THE TEST
Best Direction: LAZARUS MOTEL
Best Sound & Music: THE HOUSE

Theme of night: Death

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE HOUSE, 9min., Kuwait, Drama

festival posterTHE TEST, 12min., Poland, Drama/Sci-Fi

festival posterLAZARUS MOTEL, 11min., USA, Drama

festival posterA SERPENT BY THE NEST, 28min., USA, Crime/Thriller

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo