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The Wish / 願い事


A young man’s day takes an unexpected turn when a woman accidentally leaves her umbrella behind. Now it’s up to him to heroically return it. This film uses the classic techniques found in vintage, black and white silent films.

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Gleb Torubarov is a digital filmmaker who has produced works of both fiction and non-fiction features. While initially inspired by both Eisenstein and David Fincher to pursue a career in film, his interest in classical Japanese cinema and the works of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Naruse brought him to Japan where he studied film. In Asia, he has focused his studies on issues of communication between people of different cultural backgrounds.
Living in a multi-cultural environment and being a foreigner himself, Mr. Torubarov’s themes reflect the transparency of cultural borders and the effect of cultural relativism from growing globalization. Mr. Torubarov’s characters struggle to overcome linguistic, political and philosophical barriers as they pass through their new environments. Through juxtaposition, Mr. Torubarov promotes tolerance and mutual understanding, leading to the message of self-awareness and community.
Mr. Torubarov’s long-term goal as a filmmaker is to connect citizens from East and West and examine their triumphs through stories of individuals prevailing over cultural divides.
Screenings / Awards: 
Temple University Japan Student Festival Tokyo 
April 1, 2016 
Third Prize
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017 Tokyo 
June 2, 2017 
Official Selection for Cinematic Tokyo Competition
Directed by: 
Gleb Torubarov
Writing credits: 
Written by Gleb Torubarov
Seito Utamaru Miyuki Fukumura
Produced by: 
Gleb Torubarov
Cinematography by: 
Gleb Torubarov
Film Editing by: 
Gleb Torubarov Richard Bosch
Other crew: 
Assistant Director Richard Bosch
Release Date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016
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