where life's wounds must be tended to
before the years pass by like old lovers.
What’s your poison?
Premiered Feb 2023
Streaming Spring 2023
Brings to life in a quarter-hour Abhishek Pandit's visionary Cold War story in whichan Eastern-European soldier seeks guidance from a bartender in the afterlife about why his Afghan lover betrayed him to their Soviet masters.
Core members of the Cast & Crew photographed
after premiering the film in Los Angeles
on the anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine 24th Feb 2023
dedicated to absent crew YEP Kyiv
Recipient of 7 Southern Shorts Atlanta awards
+ Best Independent Film shortlist @ Lonely Wolf 2022 who wrote ⤵️:"The diverse cast does a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life:
..Great emerging talent having a limited budget were able to create a thought-provoking and impactful film"
Directed by Tara Jenkins and Laurence Warner, Closure Café, tells the story of Oleksandr, a Ukrainian man who finds love and family in the Soviet Army but also experiences betrayal and loss. The film takes place in the eerie setting of a cafe for misfits from across time, where Oleksandr must confront his past to move on.
In this film, the acting stands out above all else. The diverse cast does a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life and conveying the emotional weight of their experiences. The performances are raw and authentic, making it easy for the audience to connect with the characters on a personal level.
Another highlight of the film is the structure of the screenplay. The film manages to compress decades of Cold War history into a quarter of an hour while also exploring complex themes of love, trust, and betrayal. The screenplay is well-written and expertly crafted, making the film a compelling watch from start to finish.
The directors, Tara Jenkins and Laurence Warner show great emerging talent with this film. Despite having a limited budget and no prior film experience, they were able to create a thought-provoking and impactful film. Their focus on emotional impact over production values is evident in the movie, which makes it all the more powerful.
Closure Café is an absolute delight for lovers of classic cinema, where the essential thing was how the directors managed to convey what they were looking for in each shot perfectly. Thanks to the superlative talent of these two brilliant directors, this is captured to perfection on the big screen and, without a doubt, is a must-see film for anyone interested in exploring complex themes of love, trust, and betrayal. The acting, screenplay, and emerging talent of the directors make for a powerful and impactful film that will leave a lasting impression on audiences.
"- Adrian Perez, Chief Film Critic, Lonely Wolf International Film FestivalJan '23
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