David Dastmalchian, Actor: Ant-Man, The Dark Knight, Blade Runner 2049 on ELLE: “Puccio has a captivating, thought-provoking voice that echoes Atwood and Burgess. The characters are lost souls in a sharply created landscape that feels familiar, haunted and real. The flowing perspectives holds up both mirrors and windows to the characters and, for me, the reader.”
A grieving scientist creates an AI in his dead wife’s image, but his grip on reality and ethics deteriorates when he is left with an insatiable desire to preserve her essential identity.
Written by award-winning writer-director Kaitlin Puccio.
The purpose of the script is to combine elements of filmmaking and philosophy to explore human interaction. Elle attempts to define or erase the line between “human” and “other.” Elle delves into such questions as, “What is the essence of a human?” and “How closely tied are physical parts of a being to the essence of that being?” The popular ideas debated in the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics quietly form the foundation of the story as the characters unknowingly demonstrate the breakdown of certain theories. A mix of philosophy, science, and psychology, the script is at its core simply about the connections between people, and the invisible elements that can destroy them.
NOMINEE: Best Screenplay (Unproduced), Northeast Film Festival
Official Selection, Northeast Film Festival (screenplay competition)
Official Selection, Action on Film Festival (screenplay competition)
Official Selection, Irvine International Film Festival (screenplay competition)
Official Selection, Pasadena International Film Festival (screenplay competition)
Official Selection, Sacramento International Film Festival (American Screenwriter Conference)
FINALIST: Richmond International Film Festival Screenplay Contest
SEMIFINALIST: Screencraft Sci-Fi Screenwriting Competition
FINALIST: Silent River Feature Screenplay Competition
FIRST RUNNER-UP: New Hampshire Film Festival Screenplay Contest
RUNNER-UP: Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards
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