- Director: Manuel R. Mota
- Writer: Manuel R. Mota
- Producer: Ben Ferris; Aytac Turkay
Bisexuality rarely gets an outing in short films...
Mota deals with the subject maturely...and, in so doing, shows a damn fine talent for film-making.
Aaron is a bachelor living a stereotypical life with a decent earning. He works in a bank, managing people’s finances, but he has trouble to manage his own life in late 20’s. Whenever he finds a minute of privacy in his day, he hastily delves into his own fabricated reality: a world of excessive sex, pornography, and masturbation. However, this is a manifestation of his feelings of intense lack of connection (Anorexia-Avoidance), and the loneliness around him.
One day Aaron meets a new neighbor and establishes a connection. This moment lights a spark inside that grows, opening a door to achieve the emotional and physical satisfaction he was longing. Is Aaron ready to give up his comfort zone?
"Authentic" is a portrait of a person desperately trying to find meaning in the compulsive pursuit of climax. In his quest for satisfaction he either doesn't see his real desires or ignores it deliberately?