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The Empty Building (2004)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovanni Sanseviero ... Benny as Adult
Michael Maldonado Michael Maldonado ... Benny at 14
Tony Ryan Tony Ryan ... Frank
Ricardo Valdez Ricardo Valdez ... Benny @ Twenty (as Ricky Valdes)
Rebecca Burr Rebecca Burr ... Mother
Molly Molino Molly Molino ... Older Daughter
Rebecca Molino Rebecca Molino ... Younger daughter
Jeanine Maldonado Jeanine Maldonado ... Benny's Mom
Joe Maldonado Joe Maldonado ... Benny's Dad
Tom Fahey Tom Fahey ... Green Beret
Jeff Grow Jeff Grow ... Card Dealer
Victor L. Mancini Victor L. Mancini ... Mr. Andy
Kimberly Rehfuss Kimberly Rehfuss ... Frank's wife
Brandon Michael Arrington ... Adult Dancer
Gene Biscontini ... Child Dancer
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Random People, One Building... Random Pasts, One Need.

Genres:

Drama | Short

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A major snowstorm hit NYC two days before the exterior forest scenes were to begin. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Director extends his deepest gratitude to Steven Newman of Columbus Circle Cab Company, NYC, for allowing two weeks use of an empty building and tolerating the two years that followed. Thank you. See more »

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Remarkable Debut
7 December 2005 | by carbonmindSee all my reviews

Giovanni Sanseviero has created a truly unique film that uses theatrical devices and a limited amount of dialogue to tell a complex, non-linear story in which the building of the title allows visitors to face buried traumatic experiences. Few first films possess the insight, depth, visual artistry or genuine compassion evident in The Empty Building. The story does not unfold in a straightforward manner, for neither does anyone's personal healing process. Flashback settings are artificially constructed within the building, suggesting the architectural aspect of recalling past incidents.

Sanseviero is not afraid to take his time as a storyteller and avoids obvious methods of exposition. As an actor, Sanseviero honestly portrays Benny's emotional struggle without resorting to any obvious theatrics. His performance matches the subtlety and depth of the film surrounding it. Yet Sanseviero is not out to impress. He has a story to tell and engages the viewer with this need.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empty Building Short Stories See more »

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Budget:

$170,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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