I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone
In the short film, “I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone”, the arrival of a new student in school changes Leonardo’s life. The short tells the story of a 15 year-old blind teenager who has to deal with the jealousy of his friend Giovana. At the same time, he has to figure out the new feelings he’s having towards his new friend, Gabriel.
Central to this short film, is how over time the three grow closer, walking home and playing games together. Leonardo becomes more self-conscious about his appearance, asking questions about what he and Gabriel look like. In turn, Gabriel volunteers to take over escorting Leonardo so that Giovana doesn’t have to backtrack. A point of tension in “I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone” is when a school project requires same-sex pairs, leading Leonardo to work with Gabriel instead of Giovana. During a more serious conversation about his blindness, Gabriel points out Giovana’s attraction to Leonardo. Leonardo says he doesn’t reciprocate but after this after a day at school he links arms with Gabriel rather than Giovana. There is further confusion when Leonardo changes shirts in front of Gabriel, who is stunned before removing his own sweatshirt and eventually a revelation that we will not reveal.
Director: Daniel Ribei
Run time: 18 mins
Awards: 20 awards including the Iris Prize 2011, Outfest Outstanding Dramatic Short Film 2011 and Cork Film Festival OutLook Award for Best LGBT Short Film 2011.