a short film by Roman Ilyushenko.
2012 | 12 mins | Germany.
starring: Johannes Huth as Oli and Hannes Sell as Jan.
Official Synopsis: "A privileged music student and an off-the-rails youth share an unlikely moment of intimacy, thanks to a violin."
The story of "opposites attract" is as old as time itself and whilst this outing of the scenario is hardly earth shattering, it is however beautifully played. Indeed what comes through loud and clear is the abundance of TLC that writer and director Roman Ilyushenko has bestowed upon his debut piece.
Namely, the story of gifted violinist Oli, a young man who intentionally plucks the strings to come into contact with bad boy Jan, cue Hannes Sell in the role and a character whose career aspirations have fallen by the wayside of a life spent dealing dope to make a living.
Meeting this time around in Oli's spacious apartment, it is here that Ilyushenko lets the mask of heterosexuality drop for a brief, if ever so loving moment.
If music be the food of love... in Violin.
Wonderfully played by both Sell and Johannes Huth in the role of Oli, including an ever so tender moment between the two and backed by a lush opening score by composer Julian Lembke, this is a work that above all showcases how music can break barriers and build bridges between as here, two men from differing backgrounds. That it ends all too soon, speaks of a captivating short that leaves you yearning for more. Or to put it another way and cue Shakespeare's Twelfth Night ... "if music be the food of love, play on." Say no more, other than - a pure delight.
Gay Visibility - overt.
Nudity - from the waist up.
Overall - file under ... 4 stars.