Rodarte : Short Films
ABOUT THE VIDEO
Magical realism, 1980s video games, and haute couture combine in This Must Be the Only Fantasy, a new film collaboration between fashion house Rodarte and filmmaker Todd Cole. The film stars Elijah Wood and is a VFX-driven ode to fantasy role-playing games with original music by Beach House.
"You live your life in the everyday but then in this other world—in your mind, your imagination—you get to transform into the hero, and this is the duality that we wanted to capture." Kate Mulleavy says about working in the fantasy genre.
While this film is influenced by Medieval and fantasy role playing games—inspired by Rodarte’s Spring Summer 2013 collection which explored the same themes—the trio’s previous collaborations have explored other genres. Aanteni (2010) was a horror movie, and The Curve of Forgotten Things (2011) was a dreamy homage to 1970s northern California and its cinematic representations.
The characters in This Must Be the Only Fantasy are mostly teenage kids, just hanging out in the suburbs of LA, killing time, chatting inanities, looking for kicks. It just so happens that the magic from their games has spilled out into the physical world.