"Most 18-year-olds are occupied with last-minute keg parties, playing video games, and loitering at the local 7-11. Very few spend their days editing videos for Victoria’s Secret, Rachel Zoe, andTaylor Gang…actually, only one has that honor: Luca Repola.
Making his directorial debut in the award-winning short film, “Phillipe,” Luca Repola takes on a self-imposed challenge to direct a film in French, a language unfamiliar to him.
Taking this approach shifted the focus away from the script, gearing the film in a direction constructed by character development and facial expressions, instead.
Inspired by a late night Metro ride and Repola’s experiences from attending an international school, “Phillipe” aims to take an individual’s narrative to encompass a global concept: unity despite differences.
The story follows the account of a French boy’s immigration to the US and his ability to overcome language barriers through the international sport of soccer. Directed, written and edited by Repola, “Phillipe” was shot in a mere three days in NYC with assisting collaboration from Jared Rosenthal.
Praised by critics from Fanspired, and labeled as a “fish-out-of-water neo-realism-inspired drama” by IndieWire, “Phillipe” marks the beginning of a new generation of filmmaking, led by talents such as Repola.
He plans on continuing his work in fashion film and making headway in music video production, especially with his upcoming video for Canadian rapper D-Pryde. Take your first look here at the future of the film industry."