There willl be six the Italian feature films in contest at the Festival Maremetraggio for the Ippocampo Section. A way to give visibility, even in times of austerity, to the independent cinema, that more than any other lives (and suffers) the crisis.[:]
A shortlist of six feature films, selected among the most “invisible” to the public, because they come out in a few cinemas in Italy, proposed this year by Festival Maremetraggio, scheduled from the 30th of June to the 6th of July in Trieste, inside of its section dedicated to the Italian debut works.
A choice dictated by the period of austerity that are experiencing the festivals, forced to cut programming, and that affects the film sector in general and in particular its new independent productions, which are affecting more than others the price for these difficult economic times.
To them Maremetraggio dedicates the section of Debut Works this year, proposing inside its programming six Italian films of talented directors, works of sure value penalized by their birth in a time of crisis.
Space dedicated to the film feature debut of Stefano Lodovichini, a young director from Grosseto that with his Aquadro offers an unusual teenage love story set in an art high-school of Bolzano. Unusual because it does not only play largely through exchanges of text messages and videocalls, but also because behind an apparent normality the sixteen year old Alberto hides a passion for the world of the amateur porno on web, made of erotic chat, video and discussions on forum. When his girlfriend finds out, not to lose him begins to leave herself being filmed in situations always more intimate. The boundary between public and private will vanish always more, in a chain reaction that will test their love.
Another extremely topical theme is treated by Giorgio Cugno, in his Vacuum, which tells the battle of a young woman against postpartum depression, seen through the claustrophobic view of those who feel that all, relentlessly, blunder into the void. It ‘s the story of a birth that becomes a story of an absence.
Instead lighter Themes for Aspromonte. Tutta un’altra storia debut of Hedy Krissane with Franco Neri, who has also the role of scriptwriter, a sort of comedy of misunderstanding that plays on prejudices against of northern People toward souther People, particularly with respect to Aspromonte, still remembered as the mountain of kidnapping, even if they are finished for twenty years. The entrepreneur of Brianza Torquato Boatti goes to Aspromonte, in search of his brother Marco, a musician on tour with his band, which needs him to sign a document that will allow him to close the real estate deal of his life. But Marco is untraceable and Torquato begins to suspect that he has been kidnapped. Unless being “kidnapped” in turn, by the enchanted and incomprehensible beauty of the place.
Instead Una domenica notte by Giuseppe Marco Albano explores the passion for the cinema: is the story of a middle-aged man who wanted to be a big director of horror films, but after the failure of the first feature film sets aside his big passion for an everyday routine, that blocks him in his provincial town. At the threshold of fifty years decides to find the resources to shoot a script at a very low budget, taking advantage of the history focused on a single character and on an unique location. He will discover in this research that the horror that surrounds him is much more impressive than the horror movie that wants to shoot.
In contest finally, and inserted into the perspective dedicated to the actor Luca Marinelli, two other debut works: Nina by Elisa Fuksas (with Diane Fleri, Luca Marinelli, Ernesto Mahieux, Marina Rocco, Andrea Bosca), the story of a thirty year old woman looking for an identity that the director, the daughter of the famous architect, tells with a maniacal attention to the forms and frames, giving evidence of style and elegance. And Waves by Corrado Sassi (with Luca Marinelli, Francesco Di Leva, Salvatore Sansone, Kathrin Resetarits, Andrea Vergonio), noir inspired by a short story written by R.L. Stevenson and L. Osbourneby of 1894, “Il riflusso della Marea”. Set to the present days in the Mediterranean Sea, Waves is the story of three men who take off on board a sailing vessel and, leaving behind the Italian coasts and head towards South-East. The purpose of the trip is to rob a trafficker of precious stones who retired to live on a small Greek island with his faithful servant. This year will be the fans of Maremetraggio to proclaim the winner, among these six works, of the audience award for the best debut film.