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Mio Adilman’s Unlocked

arts-unlocked-392.jpg Bobby Del Rio stars as B, a frustrated cyclist, in Mio Adilman's Unlocked (TIFF).

“Canada has produced a lot of films about isolation and distance and I live in downtown Toronto,” says Mio Adilman, director of the short film Unlocked, which screens at TIFF today. “This is a pressure cooker of a city and it's becoming more violent. I want to capture the true and honest voices of my city. I don’t know about Canadian voice, I am more interested in this urban voice that transcends borders.”

You probably know Adilman from his appearances on Trailer Park Boys, hosting ZeD on CBC-TV or his current stint as internet-news contributor on CBC Radio’s Q.

Unlocked marks his directorial debut, and it’s a wry take on the theme of urban alienation. The 15-minute film is about a twenty-something guy named B (played by Bobby Del Rio), who lives at home with his mom (Jean Yoon) in downtown Toronto.

He relies on his bike to get around the city, but finds it double-locked several times by careless cyclists. Consequently, he blows up: he writes a hateful note to one of the offending parties, and another time just walks away with someone else’s bike.

Unlocked is sure to strike a chord with cyclists, as it depicts common dilemmas in negotiating the urban core on two wheels.

“I think it’s really important for filmmakers to make short films. Too often we see features from people, and it’s really evident that they don’t have enough to cover the full canvas of a 90-minute film,” says Adilman.

Unlocked will also be screened at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax and at Vancouver International Film Festival. Then it’ll be broadcast on Bravo!Fact and CBC’s Canadian Reflections.

-- Amanda Connon-Unda