Every day, whether we like it or not, we make a trip to work. But for many people, this movement no longer mirrors their spiritual journey. There is a huge gap between our private and public selves. In fact, our public self suddenly has become more important than our private one. While we may appear fulfilled professionally, we remain at bay emotionally and spiritually. Or, alternatively, a private isolation sabotages our opportunities for professional success. The challenge of integrating these two selves is at the heart of my film.
I aspire for the final film to depict the internal world of characters deeply in crisis but who are at the same time immediately recognizable. ADRIFT IN MANHATTAN is a film about intangible connections, about reaching out and fulfilling one's spiritual needs in a world that is—for reasons related to social norms and unwritten codes of professional conduct—mostly uninterested in private suffering. The story charts the journeys of three very different people with a common spiritual malaise. It calls for us to face our mortality by embracing our shared humanity.
— Alfredo de Villa