The work of USD alumnus Justin Franklin has been accepted into the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The festival is set to be held May 12 to May 23 in Cannes, France. Franklin will be showing his short film “Lying Next to Larry” to many prominent filmmakers.
“Lying Next to Larry” is described as a black comedy that chronicles the short relationship between two quadriplegics residing in the same hospital room. The two main characters, Larry and David, are two very different men, as is portrayed through their interactions with the hospital staff and each other.
While the film is only 10 minutes long, the audience is permitted to see these men through the progression of their very brief relationship as Larry describes uplifting events he has seen from his window in hopes of helping his hospital mate escape from his “morally confused” outlook on life.
Originally meant to be a serious drama based on a religious fable that Franklin learned when he was younger, the film transformed into something different with a deeper message. “This film will leave a large imprint on those who can appreciate an unfortunate circumstance followed by dark humor and unexpected events,” Franklin said. (Full Story on The Vista)