I hope your week was good and full of pleasant surprises.
As promised, I’m here to talk about the characters of my film Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.
I don’t know if this is clear from what I wrote on this website, but there are only eight characters in the entire film, and four of them will never even actually appear.
It’s not unusual to see independent films that feature only a limited amount of characters. As you can probably imagine, the reason behind this is, usually, lack of money, although, in this case, my love for chamber plays was the main factor.
I love minimalist art, (if you have seen my shorts, you already know that), and I’m very grateful I do: you can’t really dictate your sensitivity and your creativity, so if you’re into big budget movies, well, good luck: you have my respect!
Now, before I continue, it would be better for me to remind you what Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts is about.
This is what you can read on my website and on Indiegogo:
AGALMATOPHILIA: A TRAGEDY IN THREE ACTS is the story of LILITH, a lonely 25-year old sculptor who is visited by the living BLACK CLAY STATUE of a demon that claims to be able to make her live a parallel life shared with someone she loves.
Intrigued by the idea of leaving her loneliness behind, Lilith embarks on a twisted and surreal journey across three different versions of her life, all of them characterised by three different versions, or ‘faces’, of her new partner ADAM, a mysterious character who’s currently working on a show called ‘Agalmatophilia’ and who is, in turn, a masochistic actor, an emotionally unstable theatre director and a sadistic playwright.
Helped by the WHITE CLAY STATUE of a pagan god and by her guardian spirit, a FOX, Lilith tries to escape her nightmare by following a path hidden in the woods on another plane of existence: her imagination.
(A note: this synopsis is incorrect. It’s been extremely oversimplified, but I had to write it this way to give you a vague idea of what I’m doing.)
Now that you remember the story, we can continue to talk about its eight characters (by the way, did you notice I only mentioned five of them in the introduction above?).
I usually like to divide them into three groups:
1. The Black Statue (also called The Wolf)
2. The Shady Character (also called The Fox)
3. The White Statue
1. The Dear
2. The Snake
3. The Raven
(Yes, these are the ones that I didn’t mention in the synopsis)
I’m sure many people would divide them differently, but this is how I see them.
The first one I created (you guessed it) is Lilith, although that wasn’t her original name.
Lilith is the main character of the film, and the one I personally care the most, probably.
The second one I created was Adam (I’d like you to think about the implications of what I’ve just written).
As many of you will certainly know, the name Lilith comes from a Jewish mythological figure that from the Middle Ages began to appear in a series of mystical literary works as Adam’s first wife.
According to some of these writings, Lilith was created with Adam (and not after him, like Eve) and from the same clay (this is one of the reasons the name Lilith has been associated with feminism).
Do Lilith and Adam symbolise humankind?
Why do you think I didn’t choose to call the main character of my film Eve?
These are some of the questions I won’t answer on Tuesday, the same day I’ll write more about Lilith, Adam and the other characters of Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.
For now, if you haven’t already, please consider contributing to the crowdfunding campaign of the film!
Also, if you’re in Dublin on the 10th of April, why don’t you come to the film-related pub quiz organised by C-47 (a brand new music-video/film company)? There will be tons of prizes to win, and all the money raised during the night will help us fund Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts. (Oh, and if you’ve already contributed to the crowdfunding campaign, you won’t be charged to take part in the quiz!)
Very, very well…
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