Lost in the City

Eric Telton is a drunken but resourceful homeless man who lives under a railway bridge in Berlin with his faithful companion, Jimmy, a wooden mannequin with whom he engages in deep conversations about the meaning of life.

  • Lara Celenza
    Director
  • Lara Celenza
    Writer
  • James Winslett
    Producer
  • Alex van Ric
    Producer
  • Lara Celenza
    Producer
  • Alex van Ric
    Key Cast
    "Eric Telton"
  • David Monteiro
    Key Cast
    "Martin Torres"
  • Catherine Stobbs
    Key Cast
    "Clarice "
  • Alia Spizz-Clay
    Key Cast
    "Viola"
  • Completion Date:
    March 3, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • HOLLYWOOD’S FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER SHOWCASE LIFT-OFF 2023
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 2, 2023
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • KALAKARI FILM FESTIVAL 2023
    Indore
    India
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL 2023
    Izmir
    Turkey
    March 8, 2023
    Turkish Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • FIVE CONTINENTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 2023
    Puerto La Cruz
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST OPERA PRIMA, BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR AND BEST LEAD ACTOR (FEATURE FILM) AWARDS
  • DMV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2023
    Washington, DC
    United States
    February 25, 2023
    Washington DC Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • INTERNATIONAL WORLD FILM AWARDS 2023
    Online
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • GOLDEN NUGGET INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022
    London
    United Kingdom
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTOR
  • ASTI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022
    Asti
    Italy
    December 3, 2022
    Italian Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST ACTOR (LA PRIMA COSA BELLA INTERNATIONAL) AWARD
  • TBAE FILM SHOWCASE 2022
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    FINALIST
  • SEOUL INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 2022
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST ACTING AWARD
  • CINEMATIC EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL JULY-OCTOBER 2022
    Transylvania
    Romania
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST ACTOR AWARD
  • BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL 2022
    Salvador de Bahia
    Brazil
    November 5, 2022
    Brazilian Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • LIFT-OFF GLOBAL NETWORK SESSIONS NOVEMBER 2022
    London
    United Kingdom
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF BEST FEATURE
  • ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL
    Orlando, Florida
    United Kingdom
    October 28, 2022
    North American Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • LONDON INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY FILM FESTIVAL 2022
    London
    United States
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    HONORABLE MENTION
  • ATHENS INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY ART FILM FESTIVAL 2022
    Athens
    United Kingdom
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    HONORABLE MENTION
  • PUNKFILMFEST BERLIN 2022
    Berlin
    Greece
    October 20, 2022
    WORLD + BERLIN PREMIERE
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • CANNES WORLD FILM FESTIVAL AUGUST 2022
    Cannes
    Germany
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST BLACK AND WHITE FILM AWARD
  • NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 2022
    Seattle
    France
    September 28, 2022
    ONLINE PREMIERE
    WINNER OF THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
  • SEA OF ART INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2022
    Stavanger
    United States
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST ACTOR AWARD
  • 1st MONTHLY FILM FESTIVAL AUGUST 2022
    Belgrade
    Norway
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST LEADING ACTOR (FEATURE FILM) AWARD
  • BODEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AUGUST 2022
    Boden
    Serbia
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    FINALIST
  • SWEDEN FILM AWARDS AUGUST 2022
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST ACTOR (FEATURE FILM) AWARD
  • PARADISE FILM FESTIVAL AUGUST 2022
    Budapest
    Sweden
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST ACTOR AWARD
  • ART STREAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JULY-AUGUST 2022
    Amsterdam
    Hungary
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST ACTOR AWARD
  • BRILLIANT INDIE FILM AWARDS 2022

    Netherlands
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST ACTOR AWARD
  • ACCOLADE GLOBAL FILM COMPETITION AUGUST 2022
    La Jolla, CA
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    WINNER OF THE BEST LEADING ACTOR AWARD
  • CIUDAD DEL ESTE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2022
    Ciudad del Este
    United States
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • YOUNG FILM MARKET BY SOCIAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2022
    Vico Equense
    Paraguay
    July 10, 2022
    Does NOT constitute a Premiere
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
Distribution Information
  • FilmHub
    Distributor
Director Biography - Lara Celenza

Lara Celenza grew up in Vasto, a small town in Abruzzo, Italy. She holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Bologna and an MPhil in Russian Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she specialized in Russian film. In 2008, she completed her professional training in film directing at the Raindance Film School in London. In 2010, she founded indie film company Kalifilm Productions and, since then, she has written and directed many award-winning short films, documentaries and music videos all over Europe. Her documentary on falconry and wild animal training "Falcong" won the DokuFilmPreis at Filmzeit Kaufbeuren 2018 and is currently available on Amazon Prime US and Amazon Prime UK. In 2021, Kalifilm Productions received the Best Film Production Company Award as part of the European Enterprise Awards by EU Business News and the Berlin & East Germany Prestige Award for Best Film Production Company 2021/22 by Corporate LiveWire. Lara Celenza lives in Berlin and is about to release her first feature film "Lost in the City", a drama about a deranged homeless man who struggles for survival on the streets of Berlin. In the meantime, she is developing her second feature film "The Dope Show", a road movie/drama about the dark side of the music business.

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Director Statement

Writing "Lost in the City" was a voluntary experience of demonic possession. Alex (the lead actor) and I created a character that had many negative traits that I don’t personally find attractive in a human being. My challenge as a writer (and director) was to let Eric Telton overtake me, pretty much like a method actor surrenders their own identity to the character they’re playing. I imagined Eric, I learned everything I could about him, and then I started to communicate with him... and ended up loving him - just because at the end of the day he, like every single one of us, is just trying to improve his life and feel connected to people. He knows that the system is rotten and that all life is imbued with dignity. However, his humanity is covered in dirt, rags, and a shady past. When Eric sees something, he either wants to eat it, fuck it or fight it. He is always in survival mode, and his ruthless wits are what makes him strong on the mean streets of Berlin. However, there is so much we don’t know about him. Of course, the burning question here is: how did he end up like this? Homelessness is not a condition - homelessness is a story, and Eric’s story unfolds between humour and darkness over the course of the film.