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Tuesday, 21 February 2017
S Anu Sathya

It’s getting late. Aleks’s wife hasn’t come back home yet. Their three year old daughter, Emilie refuses to go to sleep, Aleks sings lullabies to try and get her to sleep. The phone rings and Aleks picks it up. What he finds out makes his old wounds open up. His emotions get out of control and his anger rises. How much does it take to destroy the perfect order completely?

Written and directed by Poland director Piotr Wieckowski, Dopado portrays the wonderful relationship a father and a daughter shares. The film tells us about fears and anxieties of a young father and how often parents’ burden their children with their own problems. Lukasz Musial, plays the father role perfectly while Manon Chamah, the one who played the daughter character takes us to her innocent world of toys with her beautiful facial expressions. The 15 minutes short film shows us various emotions a person would go through ranging from love to aggression.

Cinematography by Kamil Plocki has created the true magic in each frame with wonderful lighting and maintaining the film tone.. The entire color tone of the film varies from yellow to red, portraying the child's world in yellow and changing the tone red for the parent's world, showing aggression, anger, betrayal, passion, raise in blood pressure and much more. It must be noted that the film has various other aspects which are extremely commendable.  

Dopado has been screened at various places and won awards: Best short narrative and docs (Miami Independent Film Festival), Best International short Film (Roma cinema docs; Gold Awards (California Film Awards), winner of best screenplay in Honolulu film awards 2016.

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