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The locked door (2022)
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Completed On: 17 Mar, 2022

Director: Dmitry Badera

Duration: 18 hr 47 min 0 sec

Genres: Fiction, Short

Language: Russian

Country: Ukraine

Submitted By: Dmitry Badera

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Igor suffers from agoraphobia. He hasn't left his apartment for over a decade. Victoria, Igor's virtual girlfriend, gets a job offer from a studio in New York. She wants to see Igor before leaving the native country. The protagonist decides to take a chance and meet a girl.

  • Directors
    Dmitry Badera
  • Producers
    Dmitry Badera
  • Writers
    Dmitry Badera
  • Film Type
    Fiction, Short
  • Genres
  • Runtime
    18 hours 47 minutes 0 seconds
  • Completion Date
    17 Mar, 2022
  • Production Budget
    4500 USD
  • Country of Origin
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  • Student Project
  • First-time Filmmaker

Best Short Film Award
United Kingdom
Best Low-Budget Short Film

Director's Biography

Dmitry Badera was born in Pervomaisk, Mykolaiv region, Ukraine on 25th March 1994. He finished acting courses and took part in different projects as an actor in series and video ads. He graduated as a lawyer in a local college in his hometown in 2013. In 2018 Dmitry made his first short movie.

In 2021 the director finished a one-year program on the Masterclass platform where he could learn from the greatest living artists such as Aaron Sorkin, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and many others. Dmitry has been doing filmmaking since 2018. During that time he shot a few commercials and three short films as a director. In August 2018 Dmitry made his first short movie. It was in Odesa.

As a screenwriter, Dmitry wrote dozens of stories related to films and commercials. The locked door is his first film where he was in charge of every aspect of making the movie. From idea to final editing.

Director's Statement

I directed this film, "The locked door", in order to spread a message that people with mental illness aren't alone. I know what they are going through. This story is personal to me. No, I'm not an agoraphobic man like the protagonist, but I have a friend who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder In April 2020. He has a lot in common with the protagonist like a relationship with a girl who inspired him to make changes in life, insecurity and other things.

Before I started to write a synopsis of a new story, my intention was to make a film on mental health with limited actors and crew members. So, I had conversations with people who suffer from agoraphobia which inspired me to write the script. Some of them even agreed to share their personal story via audio call. it wasn't an easy thing to make a film, because I had to overcome my own fears and become a leader for the team. My mom and leading actors believed in me and the script. So, I couldn't let them down.

Andrew, Igor's brother, represents those groups of citizens who consider mental illness as a weakness. They don't believe that in some cases you can't go out on your own. It's all in your head, stop taking pills. It's the way they think about you. I didn't intend to make Andrew a monster, pure evil. No, he has reasons to do what's right for him.


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