Experiencing Interruptions?

I Exist Because You're Here

In a three-floor house, a 79-year-old man lives with his wife’s memories that he avoids facing by spending all day in a local cinema.

The walls in his house are now slowly ageing while Thomas’s wrinkles start telling the time.
On an essential visit to the groceries, he notices a telescope, that once belonged to his wife, sitting at the window of an antique shop. Thomas tries to buy the telescope; however, the Antique Shop Owner is a collector of broken things and selling her dearest objects are not on her agenda.
His dearest telescope is Thomas’ only companion and his life project for a while.

This is a film that dialogues with our lonely selves. To be lonely and when we don’t show up. It’s, hopefully, a wake-up call for being more present to our loved ones and finding joy in our surroundings, making the most when it seems there’s very little available for us. Even if the joy comes from warming memories and broken objects.

  • Ingrid Machado
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    Just Thought You Should Know
  • Vivienne Murphy
  • Liam Burke
    Key Cast
  • Elitsa Dimova
    Key Cast
  • Emer Casey
    Key Cast
  • Demi Bhamber
    Key Cast
    "Antique Shop Owner"
  • Alessia Licata
    Production Designer
  • Felipe Joia
    Production Designer
  • Stephen Moran
    Sound Designer
  • Hector H. Romero
  • Tim Doyle
  • Arden Gonta
  • Jin Vern Tan
    Line Producer
  • Enya Meier
    Director of Photography
  • Hector H. Romero
    1st AC
  • Arthur Lopes
    2nd AC
  • Arthur Lopes
    1st AD
  • Felipe Joia
    Stills Photographer
  • Ingrid Machado
  • Ingrid Machado
  • Bill O'Toole
    Covid-19 Officer
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    13 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,448 EUR
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Director Biography - Ingrid Machado

Ingrid Machado has a background in theatre. Her interests are mainly in directing, screenwriting, cinematography and poetry. Her recent short films and documentaries have participated in the First Frames at Dublin International Film Festival and her 3min short “Breakdown” has been part of Indie Cork and Wexford Film Festivals (awarded as best short -film in the category “3minutes challenge short film”). She has also been part of the Social Recognition Jury for the Dublin Animation Film Festival; she is currently part of the European BeSpectative Program for the Dublin Theatre Festival. She runs an online Film Club since June 2020.

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Director Statement

I'm mostly inspired by people and the absurdity and simplicity of being human, and the brutal flow of emotions within. I guess that's what I want to achieve with my work, make people feel something. I believe in the power of transformation that cinema has. It’s about being constantly fed by the process, constantly learning and exploring the connections between what I see, hear and read. The open possibilities, the manipulation of time, space and emotion.