The Quiet Pain

After the discovery of an affair, Kiriko must make a split-second decision between exposing her husband's infidelities or maintaining appearances for the sake of their young daughter.

  • Timothy Amatulli
  • Timothy Amatulli
  • Nicholas DiLullo
    Director of Photography
  • Caitlin Brunnock
  • Eiko Kawashima
    Key Cast
    "Kiriko Obi"
  • Tokio Sasaki
    Key Cast
    "Tatsuya Obi"
  • Konomi Sasahara
    Key Cast
    "Yuki Obi"
  • Noriko Sato
    Key Cast
    "Masako Yokoyama"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    静かな痛み Shizukana Itami
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 25, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35 : 1
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Chain NYC Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    December 3, 2020
    New York City Premiere
    Best Student Short
  • Long Island International Film Expo
    United States
    October 3, 2020
    New York Premiere
    Nominee - Best Student Film
  • New Jersey Film Festival
    New Brunswick
    United States
    January 8, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selecton
  • Newark International Film Festival
    Newark, NJ
    United States
    September 9, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Mystic Film Festival
    Mystic, CT
    United States
    October 20, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Boston Student Film Festival
    United States
    July 11, 2020
    Runner Up - Best Cinematography/Best Ensemble Cast
  • Fairfield University Cinefest (Private Screening)
    Fairfield, CT
    United States
    April 26, 2019
    Best Film/Best Director/Best Cinematography
Director Biography - Timothy Amatulli

Timothy Amatulli is an up-and-coming independent filmmaker who grew up in both New Jersey and Tokyo, Japan. He is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fairfield University with a double major in Film & Asian Studies and a double minor in Philosophy & Anthropology. Tim is just beginning his long, complicated journey through the world of film, currently working as a freelance gaffer and key grip on productions of all sizes while continuing to write and direct his own works. In the few hours of the day where he is not on set, Tim can be found checking out the latest film releases, making late night trips to his local diner, and spending far too much time on Wookieepedia to prolong his lifelong addiction to Star Wars. Visit!

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Director Statement

The Quiet Pain was created as my senior thesis film and I had no idea how I would reach this point. At its inception, I had more of a feeling and style in mind than a concrete plot. I struggled for many months to find the story until my DP Nick asked me “What kind of Japanese movie would you want to watch?" From there, everything began to click. I distilled the structure and contents of many Golden Age 1950’s Japanese films, primarily women-focused family dramas usually revolving around the theme of infidelity, and used those building blocks to sculpt my own version of this tried-and-true way of making films.

I have loved making movies since I was a teenager and have loved watching movies since I was a small child living in Japan, far away from my family and friends. Now, as an adult, they’re still a great way for me to see the world at different times, even allowing me to “return” back to my second home for two immersive hours of Japanese cinema. To be able to make a film at a scale far beyond anything that I have ever done before and to have it be such a personal rendition of a style I love will forever be one of the greatest joys of my life. I am incredibly proud of everything my team and I have created and hope that you will feel connected to the universal emotions on display here. They are ones we all feel around the world.