Hide Your Smiling Faces

Hide Your Smiling Faces
Director: Daniel Patrick Carbone

USA, Drama, 2012, 81 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, V

“Hide Your Smiling Faces” vividly depicts the young lives of two brothers as they abruptly come of age through the experience of a friend’s mysterious death. The event ripples under the surface of their town, unsettling the brothers and their friends in a way that they can’t fully understand. Once familiar interactions begin to take on a macabre tone in light of the tragic accident, leading 14 years old Eric (Nathan Varnson) and 9 years old Tommy (Ryan Jones), to retreat into their wild surroundings. As the two brothers vocally face the questions they have about mortality, they simultaneously hold their own silent debates within their minds that build into seemingly insurmountable moral peaks.

About the director:

Daniel Patrick Carbone (born in Newtone, New Jersey, USA) is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, currently residing in Brooklyn, NYC. In 2008, he received the Warner Bros. Film Award and multiple NYU First Run Film Festival awards for his short film “Feral” (2008) which went on to screen at film festivals internationally. In 2012, his debut feature film “Hide Your Smiling Faces” (2012)  took the top prize at the US-in-Progress section of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland and had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Daniel Patrick Carbone

Dir. of Photography: Nick Bentgen

Cast: Ryan Jones, Nathan Varnson, Colm O'Leary, Thomas Cruz, Christina Starbuck, Chris Kies, Andrew Chamberlain, Ivan Tomic, Clark Middleton