In The Making, Longlist - Personal

Hold the Lighthouse

Thomas Soto


I wrote this movie for my grandfather who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 5 years ago. I wanted to write a story closest to the mind of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. A narrative progression that relies on emotion rather than context. It was a particularly difficult exercise to deal with a non-linear narrative structure without resorting to flashbacks that would defeat the approach. This process allowed me, among other things, to better understand my grandfather's situation, but also to illustrate more faithfully the behaviors of a patient in order to better understand the disease and avoid fall into the stereotype. I hope the film exemplifies all the love that flows from the deeply human and heartfelt commensalistic relationship that the two characters share.

As a cinematographer or a director, Thomas Soto intelligently captures the movement and emotion of his characters. Passionate about cinematography from a young age, he immersed himself in the industry at the dizzying age of 17 as he began his career as a cinematographer. He signs his works with a highly cinematic approach thanks to a sensitivity that gives his works a singularly human perspective