116 (2017)

Director: Julia Campanelli

Official Selection 2017

116 (2017)

Love ~ no bed of roses. A woman wakes up in a hotel room with a younger man at her side. She insists he leave, he resists, and the struggle begins. Is it the power of love, or the love of power that bring them together, repeating the same, bizarre ritual, over and over again? The answer can only be found in Room 116.

Director: Julia Campanelli

United States

Director's Biography

Julia is an award-winning American director, writer, producer and actress of film and theatre. She is the founder of Shelter Film, a New York-based independent film company dedicated to creating engaging films, using complex female protagonists and female filmmakers. Shelter’s inaugural project, 116, a film Julia wrote, produced, directed, and stars in, with a female-majority crew, has won the following awards:

In 2017 - Winner - Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actress - NYC Indie Film Awards Winner - Best Female Director - European Cinematography Awards Winner - Best Actress - Symi International Film Festival Winner - Best Film Idea - Mediterranean Film Festival

Official Selections 2017: New York Short Film Festival Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Fest Chicago Florence Short Film Festival Prague Film Awards Oslo Independent Film Festival Moving Pictures Film Festival Red Corner Film Festival Los Angeles CineFest International Women's Film Festival KIN Alternative Film Festival Toronto American Filmatic Arts Awards Berlin Flash Film Festival Largo Film Awards Romance Film & Screenplay Festival Crossing Borders Film Festival Tryon International Film Festival Symi International Film Festival Miami Independent Film Festival USA Mykonos Biennale Film Festival. Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival.

Julia is also Artistic Director of Shelter Theatre Group NYC, a company dedicated to equality on stage, through gender-blind, stage-blind, and color-blind casting. She has produced and directed 13 productions in NYC, including the critically acclaimed Macbeth on LES in 2014.

As an actress, film and TV appearances include NBCUniversal's Dementia 13, opening nation-wide USA in October 2017, Ryan Lonergan's Kill the Monsters, Pamanhikan (Vale Film Festival winner); L’Accordatore (Las Vegas Film Festival winner); Pink Moon (Big Apple Film Festival winner); Marcus’s Sweater; The Year I Grew An Inch; Walking Away; Virgin Territory; It Could Happen To You; A Bronx Tale; The Devils’ Own, A Day with Conrad Greene; Prizzi’s Honor; Sex in the City, Law & Order, One Life To Live (ABC); Tattinger’s, and The Equalizer, to name a select few.

Julia has appeared Off Broadway as Hecate in the OBIE, Drama League, and Drama Desk Award-winning hit show Sleep No More; Villainous Company; and Lucille Lortel Award-winning Queen’s Company’s The Wonder; as well as with Theatre Askew, Red Bull Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Folger Shakespeare. 

Director's Comments

Love is complicated at any age. It can be messy, intriguing, obsessive, as well as fulfilling. It can also be unexpected. With 116 my intent is to show the complex and complicated life of a mature woman, without restrictions or judgement. I take the audience inside her intimate relationship. The struggle between the woman and the man to gain or surrender power comprises their relationship.

By employing the use of role play - Shakespeare's sonnet about ideal love, written over 400 years ago - I ask the questions, can love exist without equality? Have relationships changed in 400 years? Is love really love, or is it possessing power over someone? And in having that power, how far will someone go to keep it?

I have always been fascinated with hotel rooms and their appearance of privacy, when, in fact, they are very public places. Yet each hotel guest willingly assumes this appearance of privacy, a type of role play, which does not exist. By placing the film in a hotel room the audience become voyeurs, witnessing the intimate and obsessive details of a perhaps bizarre relationship, and ask them - who are they to judge? When we do, in fact, judge people, and their relationships, obsessively. 

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