The Binoculars

Cadence runs away during an unwanted road trip with her mother. Looking through her binoculars leads her to an unexpected meeting with two refugees.

  • Rahul Sharma
    Director
  • Rahul Sharma
    Writer
  • Jacopo Rosso Ciufoli
    Producer
  • Rahul Sharma
    Producer
  • Céline Ribard
    Producer
  • Amy Lally
    Key Cast
    "Cadence"
  • Elsa Houben
    Key Cast
    "Lily"
  • Joana Vinogradoff
    Key Cast
    "Dominique"
  • Salim Benmoussa
    Key Cast
    "Jojo"
  • Maia Andriamandimby
    Key Cast
    "Kara"
  • Tamás Méder
    Cinematographer
  • Shira Haimovici
    Production Designer
  • Anne Madeleine Mancosu
    Sound Recordist
  • Thomas Morelli
    Assistant Director
  • Nicholas Compall
    Editors
  • Mirjana Mimi Vlaovic
    Editors
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Une Paire de Jumelles
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Crime, Arthouse, Action, Children, Coming of Age, Immigration, Immigrants, Human Rights, Police, Women, Women Centric, Women in Film, Film School, Film Student, Paris, France, French Film, Oscar Qualifying
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 24, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    France
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony Cine Alta F65
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • London Film School Graduation Showcase @BFI Southbank
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 25, 2020
    Invite Only Screening
    Invite Only Screening
  • Dublin Independent Film Festival
    Dublin
    Ireland
    November 5, 2019
    Nomination (Best Screenplay)
  • Alexandria Film Festival
    Alexandria
    United States
    November 10, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Film School Festival Tetouan
    Tetouan
    Morocco
    November 25, 2019
    African Premiere/Moroccan Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid
    Madrid
    Spain
    May 17, 2020
    Spanish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Euroshorts Young FIlmmakers
    Gdansk
    Poland
    November 26, 2019
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Kinoflo 16th Manchester International Short & Animation Film Festival
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    February 25, 2020
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Chennai International Short Film Festival
    Chennai
    India
    February 15, 2020
    Asian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Tallahassee Film Festival
    Tallahassee, Florida
    United States
    April 15, 2020
    Florida Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    Carmarthen Bay
    United Kingdom
    June 1, 2020
    Welsh Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Yerevan Short Film Festival
    Yerevan
    Armenia
    October 12, 2020
    Caucasian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • UWPG Film Festival
    Winnipeg
    Canada
    October 22, 2020
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Rahul Sharma

Hailing from a small, industrial town in Northern India called Kanpur, Rahul grew up with his grandparents, until finally moving to Bombay to live with his mother when he turned eleven. He paid close attention to family relationships and developed a childlike curiosity to look at the world and some of his influences include Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, François Truffaut and Majid Majidi.

His first short Story of a Lonely Goldfish (2015) received nominations at several film festivals including Torrecinos Film Festival 2017 and Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2016.
Rahul decided to pursue MA Filmmaking at The London Film School to nourish his skills further and Une Paire de Jumelles is his graduation film.

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Director Statement

The idea for The Binoculars came from the prominence of observation and detachment in our everyday lives. We see everything from a safe distance - but in close up. We scan articles and swipe through notifications without digging deeper - or taking a stand about anything.

Une Paire de Jumelles is Cadence's journey from privileged
detachment to engagement, when she encounters the world of the refugees, without her binoculars. The vivid colours and a slightly more lively atmosphere of Paris is contrasted with a dull, blue look of the countryside where the refugees reside.

I aim to ask an ambivalent question with the film about whether the two worlds of privilege and survival will come together. The film is about coming together of those from the first world and the third world.