Socially Relevant Short Film TERMINALLY UNIQUE, Up For A World Premiere Selection At The Academy Qualifying Festival LA SHORTS FEST

Socially Relevant Short Film TERMINALLY UNIQUE, Up For A World Premiere Selection At The Academy Qualifying Festival LA SHORTS FEST

A young immigrant and a charming troubled writer go over the vicious cycles of their codependent relationship.

(Los Angeles, CA) – June 21st, 2023. Award-winning actress and filmmaker Talita Maia stars in her new short film called Terminally Unique, which she wrote, directed, and produced. Her co-star is none other than Canadian actor Evan Williams, of “Blonde” and “Versailles” fame.

Terminally Unique is Maia’s second directorial endeavor and is having its World Premiere at the Oscar® qualifying LA Shorts Fest. This means that if the short wins a top award at this highly curated competition, it will become eligible for an Oscar® submission. 

LA Shorts Fest runs from July 19th to 30th, 2023 at the LA Live Regal Cinemasin Los Angeles.

Terminally Unique is a story centering around Marianne, an immigrant woman living with an alcoholic writer from an affluent family. Caught between genuine love and awful reality, Marianne begins the process of escape, only to be ensnared by the powerful mix of love and pity. Candidly examining the tragic moments where the strength of love is ultimately toppled by substance abuse, Terminally Unique provides a glimpse into the potentially endless cycles too many of us endure in codependent relationships. 

“Terminally Unique is a fragment, a distilled moment that I hope presents a potent glimpse into how women are often trapped by the guilt and subordinate behavior that is drummed into them. As a woman and an artist, I strive to open my heart and tell stories that reflect some of what I have learned and hope for change. The path isn’t always about happy endings, but that can be cathartic, a self-inflicted slap to break free of unpleasant realities that all of us can escape if we just trust our best selves,” says director and star Talita Maia.

 

“The theme of Terminally Unique is about unhealthy co-dependency, but it also touches upon gender tiers and alcoholism. Every relationship has elements of sacrifice and loss. It’s important to learn when the negative aspects of a relationship have become too normalized. Escape can become unlikely if not impossible,” adds Talita Maia.

TALITA MAIA
Writer, Director, Producer and Lead Actress

Director’s Statement:

Terminally Unique is a fragment, a distilled moment that I hope presents a potent glimpse into how women are often trapped by guilt and subordinate behavior that is drummed into them from the moment they are born. As a woman and an artist, I strive to open my heart and tell stories that reflect some of what I have learned and hope for change. The path isn’t always about happy endings, but that can be cathartic, a self-inflicted slap to break free of unpleasant realities that all of us can escape if we just trust in our best selves.

EVAN WILLIAMS

Lead Actor

Evan Martin Williams is a Canadian actor and musician. He is known for his roles in BlondeAwkward and Versailles.

WHO

Terminally Unique is written, directed, and produced by Talita Maia. Starring: Evan Williams. Executive Produced by Talita Maia and Co-Executive produced by Robbie Bryan. Director of Photography: R.J. Maurer. Editor: Kevin DarnellWalker. Costume designer: Emily Prishchenko.

In Terminally Unique, Talita Maia plays a young Brazilian woman who is dating a charming troubled American writer (Evan Williams) as they go over the vicious cycles of their codependent relationship.

About the director:

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, and now based in Los Angeles, Talita Maia has been awarded indie prizes for her directing and acting at various L.A.-based film festivals. After earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing in Brazil, she moved to the United States to complete an entertainment studies certificate at UCLA. She has worked in various positions in the film industry, from 1st AD to assistant editor. Tempest Desert, her first film as a director, was selected at several film festivals including the OSCAR and BAFTA awards qualifier LA Shorts Fest.

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