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The Life & Death of an iPhone

Life, death, and reincarnation of an iPhone from its point-of-view. An original perspective on our relatoinship with technology.

2015 | 5 - 10 | Drama | P.O.V | Technology | USA

Needless to deny: most of us live attached to the phone. A form of technological autism entirely contemporary, that even in the movies is difficult to represent. Stigmatized and celebrated equally as totems or tabos, for better or for worse smartphone has changed our life, our way of being and interacting with others. Record a video, take a picture, make a call, write a message, read the news, and a new app to try. We constantly stare at it, but does it look at us? What would happen if our iPhone had a conscience that would allow him it see the outside world? This is the basic idea from which starts The Life & Death of an iPhone by Paul Trillo, the inventive filmmaker of How To Fly A Kite Infinity, who made this branded short by using  Cameo, the free app that lets you shoot and edit movies to share directly on your phone, recently bought by Vimeo.

And so in just about 7 minutes we follow the topical and typical steps of the Apple’s phone, from its birth in a Chinese factory, throughout its use by the owner, a typical New Yorker in his thirties with whom it shares everything, to the ironic and circular epilogue we don’t want to spoil. The film does not pose philosophical questions, at least not explicitly, as it merely shows. And it does it pretty well. Paul Trillo, not new to the use of this medium and already winner of the One Screen Festival Best Mobile Film with Living Moments shot with a Nokia, knows how to obtain the best from the valuable device, also eluding its technical weaknesses, especially in direct sound recordings or in poorly lit situations. The cuts that take us from one situation to another through a kind of time-continuum, and the story in balance between reality and representation, also gives a dreamlike or semi-hypnotic dimension not always usual for this type of films, although typical for the director.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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