Diary from Thursday 3rd July

Without even a moment of calm, set in the sixties comes a great action film, starring Lee Marvin.


We are writing this report in order to talk about the internal days of the International Shorts Film Festival 2014, giving us many more meeting occasions and bringing us moments of pure adrenaline.

Here the ‘MATTADOR’ award, which each year is dedicated to the memory of our friend Matteo Caenazzo is an open window for new directorial talents.

Welcomed by a huge applause was the short film‘and you?’ by Giorgio Salamone; starring Maurizio Soldà. 

Colours heal the colour-blind, the mother-son duo from ‘Hazel’ by the Swiss Tamer Ruggli is introduced whilst ‘Pata Pata’ by the unforgettable Miriam Makeba plays; it tells the story of a malicious yet erotic job, caustic in the way it makes fun of domesticity. 

A campsite, an introverted young boy and a young, blonde companion for him to play with drive the dialogue, her father, the spray of the sea and the waves, beautiful and hypnotic…. one would think they had just stepped out of a post card, but careful, all isn’t as it seems and the events which unfold resemble a typical thriller.

Run by a woman, the French Mathilde Bayle; title of the short ‘Le Maillot de Bain’. A joint production between the French and Argentinian, ‘Padre’ of San Diego comes ’Bou’.

We are taken into a little world of wood and shade where a woman and her old father co-inhabit with military veterans.

A simple man of countryside origins believed to have closed a gold transaction by ceding his own cow; a pity that the venturer dies of famine, becoming a crude attraction in a museum of an all in all cruel of modern art event; despite the commitment of the farmer the story is not destined to finish well.

The writer of the short film presents us with many bitter pills, reality is evil, and so has been portrayed in that manner.

The aforementioned work credits are the following: ‘Vaca Finlandeza’ is the prominent title, directed by the Romanian Gheorghe Preda.

We can’t believe our eyes! Arriving accompanied by a deafening soundtrack, giant snails from ‘Cargols!’ by Geoffrey Cowper.

The film, attributed to a collective imagination peppered with teenagers, shows BLOB-style, frenzied boy-bands…. A group of adolescents with amusing and consequential references. The writer is a true lover of horror films, the film has therefore been thought up from numerous visions of horror making our hearts skip a beat; I really didn’t expect to see such a masterful way of creating tension like that thought up by Nicola Prosatore for ‘Il Serpente, niente è come sembra’; a frenetic black fable that doesn’t draw breath when introduced by Cesare Bocci’s  formidable monologue at the bar.

Have you ever tried thinking about how many strange meetings one has on a tram or on other modes of transport?

“Don’t let the door hit you on your way out” is the story of an old and unassuming English lady who’s troubles multiply due to an un-expected meeting: a nice and amusing little film.

‘Bishtar Az Do Saat’ by Ali Asgari comes at the middle of the evening and is a painful portrayal of hospitals and pregnancies where two lost souls align in the beauty of being together.

Without any skimping on the humorous sexual theme and of the corrosive analysis of social environments, all the way from Switzerland comes, “Adelshingst” by the couple S.Priftis and L.Hartin.

Limited to the teaching of senile behavioral analysis for ‘Dotty’ from the New Zealand couple M.Andrews and B O’Gorman; it is like watching a slow metaphorical ping pong match between the two protagonists Joyce Irving and Alison Bruce.

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