Innuendo Award Winners 2019

Innuendo Award: Best Picture

About Strangers (road series volume one)

Innuendo Award: Best Feature Film

Rwanda

Innuendo Award: Best Short Film

9,8 m/s2

Innuendo Award: Best Feature Documentary

The Minds of Men

Innuendo Award: Best Short Documentary

IN THE MOOD FOR NAPOLI

Innuendo Award: Best Experimental Film

Angiò

Innuendo Award: Best Animation Film

Red Hands

Innuendo Award: Best Director

X

Innuendo Award: Best Editing

Kalavrìa – the Calabrian Greeks land

Innuendo Award: Best Cinematography

The Story of Everything

Innuendo Award: Best Soundtrack

Pe San Ié – the Poet of Macau

Innuendo Award: Best Protagonist

Io, Braga e il violoncello

Innuendo Award: Best Performance

Love Possibly

Innuendo Award: Best Production Design

Mascarpone

Innuendo Award: Best Artwork

꽃 (Flora)

Innuendo Award: Jury Award

Smile of Nazareno

Innuendo Award: Special Mention

MATA-the island’s gaze

Spizella

Spizella is a word with Latin and Greek origin and it means ‘sparrow’. Spizella is the story of a father and his daughter with troubled family relationships, which have become even more troubled after the death of the mother. The father keeps forcing his daughter to keep the mourning attitude alive and ongoing within the house and he tries to keep his communication with her very limited. This gloomy house is no different than a cage for this timid girl. The strong revival of her childhood memories and dreams by means of a souvenir suitcase left from her mother can bring the girl a glimpse of happiness.

Directors
Mehmet Tığlı
Writers
Mehmet Tığlı
Producers
Ozan Takmaz
Key Cast
Nurcan Şirin, Yavuz Fırıldak, Arzu Suriçi
Duration
00:19:57

The Minds of Men

THE MINDS OF MEN is a 3+ year investigation into the experimentation, art, and practice of social engineering and mind control during the Cold War — a mind-bending journey into the past that gives startling insight into the world we are living in today. It reveals

Directors
Aaron Dykes, Melissa Dykes
Writers
Aaron Dykes, Melissa Dykes
Producers
Aaron Dykes, Melissa Dykes
Key Cast
Peter Breggin
Duration
03:42:35

IN THE MOOD FOR NAPOLI

Anna is one of many “napolitan acquired”.She born in Germany but, travelling around Italy, she fell in love for Naples and decided to refuse a sure job offert in Berlin to live and work here.After three years she still live and work in Naples, speaks with a vogue napoletan accent, works with children of Scampia hood [knows for high level of criminality and “Gomorra” series] and drive in the traffic of city like a true napolitan. However, the life here is not easy and her heart is still continually divided between Napoli and Germany…

Directors
Piero Oronzo
Writers
Piero Oronzo, Samira Hajjat
Producers
MCT – Master Cinema & TV, Overview Videomaking
Key Cast
Duration
00:14:59

Red Hands

Ernest (12) is a smart but also hyper-protected and lonely boy. One day he discovers some wonderful red wall drawings, made by Moon (14), a mysterious girl who has the magic power to produce a vivid red color from her hands. But behind her gift there is a painful and dangerous situation.

Directors
Francesco Filippi
Writers
Francesco Filippi
Producers
Michele Fasano
Key Cast
Lucia Gadolini, Martina Felli, Ivano Marescotti, Nuna Ferrando
Duration
00:30:00

Io, Braga e il violoncello

Biography of Gaetano Braga

Directors
Giuliano Braga
Writers
Giuliano Braga, Donato Robustella
Producers
Paolo Zanotti per Tauron Entertainment, Gaetano Aiello
Key Cast
Marco Luca Cattaneo, Alessandro Muller, Fiammetta Tofoni, Ferruccio Vigna, Francesco Leineri , Mino Caprio, Ugo Lo Pinto, Claudio D’Elia, Gianfranco Sforzin, Serena Concilio, Antonio Piovano , Luigi Piovano, Elsa Evangelista , Cesare Corsi, Luciano Di Gullio
Duration
01:00:00

X

No fantasy is too obscene at the masquerade balls hosted by Christian King, known to her guests as X. The monthly masked debauchery that takes place at her beachside estate is all fun and games until the arrival of an unexpected guest from Christian’s past threatens to bring to light her darkest secret: she is a voyeur who keeps a hidden camera in the guest bathroom.

Directors
Scott J. Ramsey
Writers
Scott J. Ramsey, Hannah Katherine Jost
Producers
Hannah Katherine Jost, Kevin De Nicolo, Alex De Nicolo, Amber-Tiana De Marco, Scott J. Ramsey
Key Cast
Hope Raymond, Eliza Boivin, Brian Smick, Zach Cowan, Valerie Façhman
Duration
02:07:23

The Story of Everything

Separated as children, Lorraine is on a lifelong search for her former foster brother. After a tense encounter with a stranger named Marcus, the two embark on a road trip, each searching for something. Their pasts and their futures blend, time becomes fluid and dream-logic takes over. During their journey, bits of conversation hint at an intimacy, and possibly a subconscious bond. Are they strangers at all? Will they find what they are looking for? The Story of Everything is a surreal journey where the emotional connection between two children allow them to communicate through fever dreams throughout their lives.

Directors
Sharon A. Mooney
Writers
Sharon A. Mooney
Producers
Donna Czerwinski-Miller
Key Cast
Suilma Rodriguez, Rob Michael Hugel
Duration
00:14:10

May Day

In Thierry’s living room, several people have gathered. None of them know each other but they are all there to try and fulfil the same dream. They want to find a job… and quickly. But we’re in Brussels, so nothing goes quite as planned.

Directors
Olivier Magis, Fedrik De Beul
Writers
Olivier Magis, Fedrik De Beul, Javier Lopez
Producers
Marie Besson
Key Cast
Thierry Hellin, Catherine Salée, Joren Seldeslachts, Simon André, Bess Limani, Chokri ben Chikha, Lydia Indjova, Mathieu Debaty, Tom Adjibi, Manou Tahon, Viktor Biserov, Noureddine Zerrad, Javier Lopez
Duration
00:21:00

Angiò

Angiò is a work that breathes life into the spirit of Lorenzo Viani, the artist. It is a film by director Leonardo Palmerini, who hails from Viareggio. It is an experimental film that uses live shots processed through digital technology to echo the graphic work of Viani, painter, sculptor printmaker whose etchings exhibit a rare expressive power; it tells the story of Angelo Bertuccelli, who was born in Via Pinciana in Viareggio in 1850. Small of stature with a strong and proud character trapped in a deformed body. Sailor, like the majority of the inhabitants of the Viareggio of those days, who escaped the gail-winds aboard the “Dedalo” and swore never to return to the sea. The “sailor of the Ocean” spends his days in increasing isolation far from the pettiness of people who laugh at his grotesque appearance. In a whirlwind of desperation and rebellion the dwarf with the heart of a giant will end his days overcome by the tides of madness, a man drowned in a deep sea “a man of water” as prescribed by a hostile destiny. Based on the novel “Angiò uomo d’acqua” by Lorenzo Viani.

Directors
Leonardo Palmerini
Writers
Lorenzo Viani
Producers
Carlo Alberto Carrai, Felix Arneodo
Key Cast
Iacopo Gori, Luca Checchi
Duration
01:15:09

Pe San Ié – the Poet of Macau

Camilo Pessanha, the greatest Portuguese symbolist poet, wrote and rewrote until his death, the poems of Clepsydra – his only work. PE SAN IÉ is not the portrait, nor the illustration of his poems, but the essay on the cinematographic form of his voluntary exile in Macao.

Directors
Rosa Coutinho Cabral
Writers
Rosa Coutinho Cabral, Carlos Morais José, Rui Pedro Mourão
Producers
nocturno filmes, Art8 Macau – Maria Paula Monteiro
Key Cast
Carlos Morais José
Duration
01:30:00

SeMenti – studio sul paradosso del Mentitore / a study on the paradox of the liar

Ours first work is a filosofical noir: dreamlike fragments experienced by a confused aged man. A strange scenario dominated by a great question that will grip you: would you tighten the noose around the accused’s neck … even knowing that your decision were been taken by others? From what? Counterfeited by the appearance and the fascination of power … spoiled by partial or fake readings, or convinced by the wine that made us drink … or overwhelmed by rules and rules, that can be… the other way round… circumvented with quirks or manipulative words.

Directors
Andrea Canuti
Writers
Antonio Lucherini
Producers
I Fingitori – Antonio Lucherini, I Fingitori – Riccardo Sghedoni
Key Cast
Tiziano Meschieri, Ferdinando Napolitano, Salvatore Signa, Sara Gozzi
Duration
00:16:25

Smile of Nazareno

Nazareno’s birthday falls on a very special day: thousands of people move through the streets of Manila. When he comes back to his mother after the festival, with a piece of aluminum foil as a gift, of all things, it is touching and shaking at once.

Director

Louie Ignacio

Duration
00:15:00

9,8 m/s2

Danila (Danny, a Russian immigrant, 47) hijacks a taxi cab on a Saturday night and rushes through Manhattan. Danny is furious – his young beautiful wife hasn’t come home yet again, Danny is convinced she is cheating. Unable to contain his fury and frustration anymore he drives the stolen taxicab prowling the notable spots of the city, including tourist magnets, in search for his chippy wife. All the while Danny is on the cell phone, engaged in a conversation with a friend – (Erik, an immigration lawyer, 40). The latter handled Danny’s case to obtain a green card and both men became friends. Erik acts as a personal psychoanalyst, a shoulder to cry on, as a friend, who listens to the emotional flood erupting from the cell phone and tries to calm Danny down. Erik seems to be aware of the problem and it is obvious the situation has been discussed between the two on a number of occasions in the past. This time everything seemingly played out following the old scenario and was moving towards a peaceful resolution. Erik nearly managed to calm down Danny and convince him to go home and wait for his wife there when, unexpectedly, Danny turns up, in the middle of a night, driving a stolen taxi, right at Erik’s doorstep.

Directors
Michael Vaynberg
Writers
Michael Vaynberg
Producers
Michael Vaynberg
Key Cast
Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Lyanka Gryu
Duration
00:22:40

Kalavrìa – the Calabrian Greeks land

Did you know Greeks are still in Calabria? We are talking about a small group of villages where peaple are still retaining the Greek language in order not to lose the cultural roots that still make their world today, after 2700 years, a world of culture, mountains, agriculture, sheep-farming and handicrafts, a world considered too slow by the global economy to be expected and, therefore, abandoned to itself.Project descriptionWe went there, between the coast and the mountains most south of the Italian peninsula, not where everything ends, but where everything began. We did shoot beautiful images with breathtaking views, interviewed Greeks of Calabria trying to describe an almost lost world atmosphere, but still alive, witnessing the cultural and artistic peaks that this unfortunate part of Europe has reached.We are filming a documentary. More specifically, we are creating a document. A mix of images, stories, traditions, music and paths that can offer the beauty of a whole world enclosed in one only work.To tell “Grecanic Area” we have decided to go through it all along and out, starting from its modernity on the coast to the summits of its mountain tradition, breathing the charming atmosphere of the valley of the river Amendolea, the streets of Roghudi Vecchio and the stories of which was theater, and the architectural beauties of Bova. We have been working on this project for three years, documenting the various events of Hellenism that the summer offers, from hiking / interviews to the “Greek week lessons”, to the new museum of Rholfs to Gallicianò, magical place where one feels a still alive language that, despite the venerable age, seeks in all ways not to disappear.

Directors
davide carbone
Writers
davide carbone, freedom pentimalli
Producers
davide carbone, freedom pentimalli
Key Cast
Duration
01:22:00

Rwanda

“When it all started in Rwanda, the white man left. The whole world turned aside” Augustin Maniriho On the 6th of April 1994, the small African republic was involved in one of the fastest and most systematic genocides in history: one million deaths in just 100 days. Augustin is Hutu, and he must kill. Cécile is Tutsi, and she must die. However, something gives them the strength to do the right thing and accomplish a very brave act never to be forgotten: Saving many innocent civilian lives. What happened during that bloody spring changed not only Augustin’s and Cécile’s life, but also the one of two young actors called to interpret them on a stage boards many years later. Based on a true story

Directors
Riccardo Salvetti
Writers
Riccardo Salvetti, Marco Cortesi, Mara Moschini
Producers
Massimo Gardini, Marco Cortesi
Key Cast
Marco Cortesi, Mara Moschini, Aaron Maccharty, Rosanna Sparapano
Duration
01:30:00

Love Possibly

A rom-com obsessed virgin finally finds a fiancee on a Russian bride site, but he soon realizes Hollywood rom-com rules don’t apply when you’re trying to make a mail-order bride love you.

Directors
Michael Boccalini, Che Grant
Writers
Michael Boccalini, Che Grant, Michael Coburn, Jaryl Lim, Steve Hodgetts
Producers
Arabella Burfitt-Dons
Key Cast
Steve Hodgetts, Anna Danshina, Julie Nesher, Michelle Thomas
Duration
01:22:55

MATA-the island’s gaze

Scottish photographer John Thomson’s trip to Taiwan in 1871 is an important historical event. In this film we selected a hunter photo to re-interpret that event and visit the Siraya tribe to find an Elder, who talks and sings well, bringing us back to the past through his plucking of strings.Then we saw the vigorous hunters holding their breath, staying very still in front of that weird machine for a long time, with a boy and a dog squatted at their feet. The director grabbed the view of this moment and invites the audience to watch with curious eyes. On both sides of the river of time, he repeatedly speculates and watches the past, the future, and the influence of images on this island.

Directors
CHENG Li-Ming
Writers
CHENG Li-Ming
Producers
Kou Bo-Tsun
Key Cast
Talavan Cheng-hiong, Fangas Nayaw, Jeremie Nicoli, Jiang Jay
Duration
00:50:00

About Strangers (road series volume one)

ABOUT STRANGERS is an ethereal and meditative journey that follows a disillusioned and apathetic GUY, a drifter making his way through the callous streets of Los Angeles. A chance encounter on the Sunset Strip sparks a connection with the equally disenchanted LULU and LEXIE, who also long for distraction and escape. Fueled by memories of forfeited dreams, estranged families, and a peculiar childhood obsession, they find solace in one another’s melancholy abandon. The trio sets out on a road trip, compelling them to contemplate their pasts and wonder if the familiarity of monotony, inadequacy, and loss is enough to sustain a friendship, a love, or a life.

Directors
Eric Michael Kochmer
Writers
Eric Michael Kochmer
Producers
Sapna Gandhi
Key Cast
Ethan Kogan, Jessica Silvetti, Sapna Gandhi
Duration
01:05:50

Mascarpone

Francis, the dreamy film projectionist, accidentally crashes into the limousine of gangster boss Mascarpone. Suddenly he finds himself in a mobster film. Francis ́ dog Farfalle is taken hostage by Mascarpone’s gang and Francis is being forced to stand guard at their next bank robbery. When the coup fails he has to rescue his dog and conquer the heart of the film diva Vivien.

Directors
Jonas Riemer
Writers
Producers
Johannes Schubert
Key Cast
Duration
00:14:00

Crabgirl

A young virgin guy does not manage to have sex with his beloved long-term girlfriend on his 23rd birthday. By putting an ultimatum on their relationship, he acknowledges the incredible truth beyond her rejection.

Directors
Sergiy Pudich
Writers
Sergiy Pudich
Producers
Sergiy Pudich
Key Cast
Julien Yakubovski, Rob Feldman
Duration
00:18:31

Matera – From the Shame of Italy to the Capital of Culture

The cave city of Matera is one of the oldest continually inhabited spots in Europe. It has been notoriously famous as ‘the shame of Italy’ in the 1950s on the basis of the novel «Christ Stopped At Eboli« by Carlo Levi. In the last few years, however, everything has changed: Matera will be the European Capital of Culture in 2019. And since this decision has been made, buildings are beingrenovated, school classes from all over Italy are being dragged through the narrow streets, and dedicated volunteers are working on all kinds of cultural and other projects, so that Matera will remain an attractive place to live and work.A film about exceptional people in an extraordinary city, and about a question that many other small cities around Europe have to ask themselves constantly: How is sustainable tourism to be promoted?

Directors
Christian Walther
Writers
Christian Walther
Producers
Pedro Haldemann, Insertfilm AG
Duration
00:52:00

꽃 (Flora)

Experimental animation about gender and sexuality, the awkwardness of division. Uncanny sculptures of vagina and penis are the main element.

Directors
Chaerin Im

Duration
00:04:17

Innuendo Award Winners 2018


Innuendo Award: Best Picture

Innuendo – the bad twin / Director: Saara Lamberg


Innuendo Award: Best Feature Film

Bikini Blue / Director: Jarek Marszewski


Innuendo Award: Best Short Film

Her (Lei) / Director: Roberto Bontà Polito


Innuendo Award: Best Feature Documentary

The Nude / Director: Alvin Case


Innuendo Award: Best Short Documentary

How come? / Director: Rick Flynn


Innuendo Award: Best Music Video

The dispensation of life and death / Director: Roberto Gallina, Fabio Gallina


Innuendo Award: Best Experimental Film

Me Too – Fuck You – It’s time for action / Director: Jenny Hsia, Paul Ruven


Innuendo Award: Best Animation Film

Junk girl / Director: Mohammad Zare, Shalale Kheiri


Innuendo Award: Best Director

Agnus Dei / Director: Agim Sopi


Innuendo Award: Best Editing

One, Two, GuessWho’s Who? / Director: System


Innuendo Award: Best Cinematography

Marriage / Director: Katerina Philppou-Curtis


Innuendo Award: Best Soundtrack

Drilling Holes into the Sun / Director: peopleASponies, Philip Nguyen, Brett Herman


Innuendo Award: Best Protagonist

Wakey Wakey / Director: Adrian Goodman


Innuendo Award: Best Performance

Hamlet Circus TV / Director: Francesco Mancini


Innuendo Award: Best Production Design

Polis Nea / Director: Pierluigi Ferrandini


Innuendo Award: Best Artwork

The Blogger / Director: Lorenzo Sterzi


Innuendo Jury Award

The Art of Eating / Director: Actually Huizenga


Innuendo Audience Award

Must Kill Karl / Director: Joe Kicak


Innuendo Special Mention

Eyes / Director: Maria Laura Moraci


Story for an empty theatre / Director: Aleksandr Balagura, Cesare Bedogne


Waterbabies / Director: Andrew Simpson


The Lick / Director: Stephen C. Horne


The Agony of Napolitan / Director: Yousuke Kiname


Green Street / Director: Solmaz Etemad

 

Innuendo International Film Festival – Program 2018: 8th Sept. to 16th Sept. Milan (Italy) > La Corte dei Miracoli

Saturday, 08th September 2018

17:30 Opening
18:00 #FoodPorn [runtime 1:06 h]


Sueur de Sang (05:11 min)

Director: Etienne Laberge

Film Language: ♫

Flesh, steel and urges. The life of an ordinary man and woman.

Parapraxis deals with the psychosexual aspect of everyday life, where desire threatens its order, and how inert material becomes the site of turmoil.


Horny Fruits – Wild Kitchen Dreams (03:24 min)

Director: Texas Black

Film Language: ♫


The Art of Eating (51:31 min)

Director: Actually Huizenga

Film Language: English + English subtitles

Follow the trail of a ‘hungry,’ highly evolved Los Angelino, one who has been psychologically abused by patriarchal normalcy, social media addictions and superstitious stereotypes…

Sit back and watch the lengths to which she will go to take care of the one she loves, driven by a luscious, mad masochism that leads her to prostitute and betray the very essence of her magic; selling the deepest secrets of her species for base reward–money, intended to help her pretty, pretty lover boy become something more than what he is, even though he’ll never be as complex, as tender or as intelligent as the protagonist herself.
In some ways, this is an examination of the female condition- a hazy, PTSD-infused willingness to subjugate. She feels the gnawing need to serve another- the pleasure of feeding another. It’s a sexually maternal tale, almost…

Can she escape the Hardcore Folklore which has pushed her Self Realization behind a veil of socially-constructed reality?

19:00 #LaPastaNuda [runtime 51:00 min]


How come? (06:16 min)

Director: Rick Flynn

Film Language: English + English subtitles

Everyone does it differently. How do you get there? “How Come?” takes a glance at the final moments leading up to humanity’s single greatest pleasure.


Object (06:00 min)

Director: Sydney Southam

Film Language: English + English subtitles

This video essay is a response to the artist’s experience working as a stripper. What began as a beautiful and exciting adventure quickly turned dark as the artist was criticized and ultimately fired for not having an augmented body. This piece explores what happens to ones relationship to our own bodies when one performs professionally for the male gaze.


The Nude (38:00 min)

Director: Alvin Case

Film Language: English + English subtitles

A journey into the private thoughts of a figure art model as she challenges herself by working with a photographer for the first time.

20:00 Pause
21:00 #InnuenDotCome [runtime 01:40 h]


Innuendo – the bad twin (01:40 h)

Director: Saara Lamberg

Film Language: English, Finnish + English subtitles

When a mysterious young woman starts a new life as an art model, will her demons leave her alone or finally reveal the naked truth?

The Finnish Tuuli grew up in an oppressively religious and abusive family and in the shadowof her angelic twin sister. She embarks on a journey to the other side of the world, Australia, to find her true identity.
Curious of nudity and sexuality,she becomes a nude model for art classes. She seems to use people to her own advantage and the good boy Thomas gets left behind when she meets the rough but charismatic chainsaw sculptor Ben. Her innocent surface starts revealing sordid cracks and the good intentions of the people she meets become a graveyard for her twisted delusions of grandiose.

The film has been compared with works of David Lynch and Michael Scorsese.

Sunday, 09th September 2018

18:30 Opening
19:00 #Sheakesbeer [runtime 01:15 h]


Cold inside – Freddo dentro (08:07 min)

Director: Valerio Burli

Film Language: Italian + English subtitles

Outside, the frost. Inside instead, a cleaning lady is putting order in a hotel room. His daily routine, so perfect, so established, will ever be broken by something?


116 (14:58 min)

Director: Julia Campanelli

Film Language: English, French + English subtitles

Love ~ no bed of roses. A woman wakes up in a hotel room with a younger man at her side. She insists he leave, he resists, and the struggle begins.
Is it the power of love, or the love of power that bring them together, repeating the same, bizarre ritual,over and over again? The answer can only be found in Room 116.


Hamlet Circus TV (51:07 min)

Director: Francesco Mancini

Film Language: Italian

In an imaginary tv show, the main characters of the Shakespeare’s drama “Hamlet prince of Denmark” are interviewed. They talk about their past and they show their version of the story, their doubts and grumbles. The result is a funny and sometimes dramatic afterlife of the characters.

20:00 Pause
21:00 #SexAndThePity [runtime 01:48 h]


One, Two, GuessWho’s Who? (01:48 h)

Director: System

Film Language: English + English subtitles

In a rich Manhattan condo a billionaire lady is murdered. All the evidence leads the police to the conclusion of a suspect but they are wrong.
A murder mystery in the style of Hitchcock that goes backwards.

Monday, 10th September 2018

18:30 Opening
19:00 #Stelle&Stalle&Stelle [runtime 01:05 h]


Junk girl (15:21 min)

Director: Mohammad Zare, Shalale Kheiri

Film Language: ♫

There once was a girl
who was made up of junk.
She looked really dirty,
and she smelled like a skunk.

She was always unhappy,
or in one of her slumps-perhaps ’cause she spent
so much time down in the dumps.

The only bright moment
was from a guy named Stan.
He was from the neighborhood
garbage man.

He loved her a lot
and made a marriage proposal,
but she already thrown herself
in the garbage disposal.


Pelle (12:02 min)

Director: Domenico Davide Angiuli, Tommaso De Rai

Film Language: ♫

Giovedì. Lei si sveglia. Gli specchi nella stanza riflettono il suo corpo ossuto. Si pesa. La lancetta della bilancia si ferma ancora una volta un po’ più indietro. La sua espressione è delusa. Le sue gracili braccia afferrano cibo colorato dal tavolo imbandito della cucina. La sua bocca morde, mastica, mangia, ingurgita.
Eppure il suo corpo continua a dimagrire. Plastiche colorate e montagne di rifiuti invadono la cucina. Il cibo non la nutre, ma lei è determinata a non voler scomparire.


Una bellissima bugia (14:55 min)

Director: Lorenzo Santoni

Film Language: Italian + English Subtitles

Un film di Lorenzo Santoni, con Beniamino Marcone e Paolo Sassanelli, prodotto da Francesco Falaschi con il contributo di Fondazione Grosseto Cultura ed Uscita di Sicurezza, selezionato al Cannes Short Film Festival ed al Montecatini International Short Film Festival.


A Ferry Tale (10:14 min)

Director: Mehmet Tığlı

Film Language: Turkish + English Subtitles

This short film is about a father and his two autistic children. They get on ferry in a wintry day. They meet with some disappointing incidents in their short trip. Due to some impatient passengers’ reactions to his children’s unintentional actions, father feels sad and loses his hope.


Scent of the stars (12:06 min)

Director: Francesco Felli

Film Language: Italian + English Subtitles

Nino, out of the madhouse after thirty years, finds himself incapable of living otherwise. Just as Adriano, a hospital doctor, shot home from his wife and also unable to find the courage to face life. They all will find the meaning of small things again.

20:00 Pause
21:00 #AutO(f)Blu [runtime 01:24 h]


Bikini Blue (01:24h)

Director: Jarek Marszewski

Film Language: English, Polish + English subtitles

Great Britain, 1953. Cold War lasts despite the summer. Stalin is dead, the British just finished celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II,
cinema halls are possessed by “The War of the Worlds”.

30 years old Dora Szumski is an English woman married to a Polish immigrant Eryk. He is a former Polish Military officer for whom
the existing power balance doesn’t leave much choice. He can either be sentenced to death in his homeland or be an immigrant. After a failed suicide attempt he stays in Mabledon Park – a mental hospital for Polish ex-soldiers traumatized by the war.

Dora does not only sense what is the secret behind Eryk’s illness. She also has some proof… But the supervisor of the unit – dr Lipman stops her from starting such serious talk with her husband. Dora, full of anxiety, drops her son Paul off at her sister’s Sara and starts her old, worn-out motorcycle to visit her husband in the asylum. The long expected encounter of spouses doesn’t end in the hospital. Eryk runs away and turns up in a wayside inn rescuing his surprised wife from trouble. She wants her husband to immediately go back to the hospital, but finally agrees to go with him to the movies. Not aware of the deception, drugged with psychotropes she allows Eryk to kidnap her to a desolated sea shore.
It won’t be just peaceful and romantic evening on the beach – we are following Dora’s trip into the heart of her husband’s mystery.

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Special Event UNA GIORNATA CON SILVANO AGOSTI
presented by La Corte dei Miracoli
16:30 #IlRitornoDiPinocchio

Presentazione del libro
18:00 #EssereL’autoreDelFilmOFareIlRegista?

Seminario – Ingresso: 8€ (con tessera)
21:00 #OraESempreRiprendiamociLaVita

Proiezione del film – Ingresso: 8€ (con tessera)
Abbonamento alla giornata: 20€ (tessera inclusa)

Wednesday, 11th September 2018

20:30 Opening
21:00 #AllYouCanWatch [runtime 01:05 h]


Green Street (06:55 min)

Director: Solmaz Etemad

Film Language: Persian + English Subtitles

A mature guy wants to give a gift to his friend…


Patch (11:18 min)

Director: Kristjan Knigge

Film Language: English + English Subtitles

Narcissistic Charlotte has three values in life: beauty, success and admiration from her online followers and men. She cannot bear the absence of these qualities in her heart broken friend during a weekend away in Guernsey. Charlotte’s lack of compassion for her BFF leads to her paying a high price.

Charlotte has three values in life: beauty, success and admiration from her online followers and men. She cannot bear the absence of these qualities in her heart broken friend Tessa. Charlotte’s lack of compassion for her BFF leads to her paying a high price.


Must Kill Karl (12:13 min)

Director: Joe Kicak

Film Language: English + English Subtitles

Everyone has “that” friend – the one who shows up uninvited, drinks all your booze, and hits on your girlfriend – who we all secretly hate.
One night, a group of friends decide enough is enough and there’s only one way to get rid of him for good – they MUST KILL KARL.


The Blogger (13:00 min)

Director: Lorenzo Sterzi

Film Language: French, Italian + English Subtitles

In a kitsch and outdated reception hall, typical of an American hotel, Marcus Öst is hosting a party to celebrate the first anniversary of his blog.
He believes that his guests, superficial publicists, diligent readers, brand representatives courting him for an article and everyone else –
even opportunists who are only coming for the free buffet – will be impressed by the chic venue and the eloquence of his speech.
Blinded by his selfies, Marcus doesn’t understand that they only came to take advantage of him – everyone, that is, except Didier…


The Lick (17:51 min)

Director: Stephen C. Horne

Film Language: ♫

One chilly day inside a mysterious graveyard, footballer wannabe Kris sees his dreams come true in a most unusual way.
THE LICK is a surreal black comedy about the deadly seduction of desire.


Anexperimentalviralvlog – the movie remix # ! (12:52 min)

Director: Vasco Diogo

Film Language: English

A unique short experimental remix of 15 vlog episodes, originally posted on youtube, based upon a reflexion on identity, manipulation, truth and beauty, that blurs popular influences with performance video and video art processes and ideas.
Self-representation document made with a DIY spirit and a urge to work on basic communication principles, such as the confrontation between the artist and the viewer and speech awareness.
The audiovisual manipulations function mainly as an expression of repressed emotions in the context of a confessional aesthetics.
This is a remixed version of the original video: “anexperimentalviralvlog the movie”, 2015, which continuous to be the first autonomous work that appropriates the material I posted on my youtube vlog.


Georgia O’Keeffe and Me (05:58 min)

Director: Robert Belinoff

Film Language: ♫

Love and art in the age of Trump.
Chaos and order compete as a married man falls for an artist ingenue. Art prevails.

Thursday, 13th September 2018

18:30 Opening
19:00 #Trans(ap)parent [runtime 52:35 min]


Ignorance is keeping us alive (02:07 min)

Director: Roman Villevoye

Film Language: ♫

Based on the collection “Kill your darlings” by Maarten van Mulken this is a Fashion Film made around Brissago, Lago Maggiore in Switzerland. It’s an abstract look about the message that the designer conveys with his collection. There is no language spoken, only music.


Moist (03:44 min)

Director: Jonathan Trichter, Anna Lann

Film Language: English

How do we define the line between men and nature? Considering the fact that all things found on earth have started out as natural elements, it is unlikely to assume that mankind have at any point contribute to the development of original formation. However, having said that, it is impossible to ignore mankind’s directive narrative to world’s natural sources through the history, to the point where we can no longer see a clear difference
between what is designed by nature and what isn’t.
The elements we used for the video such as designed marble stone, fur coat, artificial waterfall etc, were clearly our way to illuminate men intervention within natural space as noted above, threatened by natural disasters such as fire and lava, simply to remind nature’s fury and it’s unattainable, wild consuming power.


Where am I – Colacoaster (03:30 min)

Director: Michael Dürr, Mathias Fellner

Film Language: ♫


The Agony of Napolitan (10:25 min)

Director: Yousuke Kiname

Film Language: Japanese + English Subtitles

Exploring of a man’s mind when his ordinary lunch routine is abruptly changed.


Drilling Holes into the Sun (32:49 min)

Director: peopleASponies, Philip Nguyen, Brett Herman

Film Language: Japanese + English Subtitles + ♫

Dream sequences have held the Horse captive from finding a consensus for reality. Through a narrative letter between each dream vignette, the Horse explains how he finds respite from his affliction.

20:00 Pause
21:00 #En(c)agement [runtime 01:40 h]


Marriage (01:40 h)

Director: Katerina Philppou-Curtis

Film Language: English + English subtitles

Thoughtful and provocative drama about Europe’s current sociopolitical crisis told through the allegory of a crumbling and twisted marriage.
Europe, the wife, is trapped in a boom and bust relationship with her young and immature husband Rich, and feels lost and disconnected from reality.
Unable to deal with his sexual demands and the tragedy that has occurred because of his misconduct, Europe embarks on a journey within her mind to find herself.

On her way she’ll meet the people that have haunted and affected her marriage: Rich’s decadent mother, his corrupted friends, his innocent victims and most importantly his domineering lover Adam – a man who seems to dictate the fate of many, including hers.

The film is a visual diary of a woman’s thought-process towards divorce. It’s dense and meaningful, with surrealistic overtones that reflect her subconscious.

Friday, 14th September 2018

18:30 Opening
19:00 #Guard(a)ians [runtime 56:43 min]


Eyes (13:00 min)

Director: Maria Laura Moraci

Film Language: Italian + English subtitles

Personaggi di diversa età, etnia ed estrazione sociale, ingabbiati in una società frenetica incline alla violenza e al consumismo.
In scena 30 attori, di cui 28 ad occhi chiusi per indicare l’indifferenza e la superficialità che ci trascinano sempre più a guardare senza vedere veramente. Ognuno infatti, vivendo il proprio quotidiano nell’indifferenza, è indotto per inerzia ed abitudine, a continuare a vivere in quello stato di impassibilità, anche il più tragico degli eventi. E’ il caso dei nostri protagonisti, che inizialmente si mostrano freddi e distaccati a delle grida disperate di aiuto, e poi, grazie proprio alla loro insistenza, ne saranno scossi e (s)coinvolti. Infatti, una volta risvegliate le loro coscienze, sarà squarciato il velo mistificatore della realtà, e uniti e senza più alcun indugio, riusciranno finalmente ad agire.

EYES è un cortometraggio di finzione. Il tema trattato è di forte attualità: si condannano la frenesia quotidiana e la dilagante indifferenza. In EYES emerge una forte critica alla società divenuta incline alla violenza, all’inerzia e al consumismo.

E’ ancora possibile ridare speranza alle persone?

In EYES, 30 attori, hanno recitato con gli occhi chiusi.

Questo cortometraggio è dedicato a Niccolò Ciatti. E a tutte le altre vittime dell’indifferenza.


Per Errore – To Error (12:51 min)

Director: Raffaele Ceriello

Film Language: Italian + English subtitles

Naples, the eastern suburbs of the city. In a frontier School Prof. Rama Ciro’s mom waits for her pupil. Showing up is the mother of another Ciro. When the Professor discovers that the woman is the mother … the killer of his son has a heart attack.

Napoli, periferia est della città. In una scuola di frontiera la professoressa Rama attende la mamma del suo alunno Ciro. A presentarsi è la mamma di un altro Ciro. Quando la.professoressa scopre che la donna è la mamma del killer di suo figlio ha un colpo al cuore.


Day labor (11:00 min)

Director: Pippo Mezzapesa

Film Language: Italian + English Subtitles

Paola Clemente, a 49-year old laborer from Puglia, died of fatigue on the 13th of July 2015.
Her story is told through facts and words of the enquiry to the gangmasters that exploited her and by the voices of women travelling on the bus that takes them to the field-work.


Polis Nea (16:00 min)

Director: Pierluigi Ferrandini

Film Language: English + Italian Subtitles

2037, Polignano a Mare, a southern Italian gem. Most of its population now is foreign, so that English is the spoken language there and even the name of that small town has been turned into Polineano.
On a warm spring day, the life of a British family, which owns one of the most beautiful houses in the old town, is shaken by the arrival of an elderly apulian man, seriously affected by Alzheimer, followed by his grandson. The little boy soon discovers that this wonderful home, which he had never even heard of, just once belonged to his grandfather.


Upgrade (03:52 min)

Director: Damien Lecointe

Film Language: French + English Subtitles

A futuristic and mysterious video translated in the six united nations languages, which seems to be a message for humanity, announcing in a solemn but fairly positive and appeased tone that the transhuman era has just begun.

Starring Nigel Ackland, who after an industrial accident became the pioneering user of the world’s most advanced prosthetic hand, that he controls with his mind.

20:00 Pause
21:00 #ArtDollHouse [runtime 01:57 h]


Story for an empty theatre (57:00 min)

Director: Aleksandr Balagura , Cesare Bedogne

Film Language: Italian + English subtitles

“Story for an empty theatre”, an introduction by Venanzio del Mare

This film narrates an intense story of love, disease and death, inspired by the autobiographical novel “Beyond the Blue”, by the Italian photographer and writer Cesare Bedognè.
The novel is at the basis of the theatrical performance of the same name which, together with the writer’s photographs, was the first material on which this film was created. In this work still photographs, classical music, theatrical choreographies and dance belonging to the Japanese Butoh’s tradition, lyrical prose, diary fragments and poems merge cinematographically, through the editing by the Russian director Aleksandr Balagura, with shots taken both in a deserted Sanatorium of the Italian Alps, the place of the writer’s past, and in the Greek island of Lesvos, the place of his present.
As the book on which it is based, the film seems to wander freely in time, attempting to be more faithful to the intrinsically poetic and diachronic flow of memory rather than to the artificial linearity of conventional narration. The space of this film is thus the space of consciousness, a continuum which dilates, in one of the very last shots, into a dreamlike meditation on death, when the theatre’s stage slowly dissolves into the interior of the Sanatorium’s ruined church, and the white female character weaving together in a pattern of Japanese theatre the various shots of the film, seems to leave behind her own body and leaves the scene. Before the crumbling altar only a drifting plastic bag remains, stirred by the wind.
This is a film constructed on words where images (both still and moving) do not play a merely descriptive role, but rather open a parallel poetical path. It is thus accomplished, through a polysemic correlation between word and image, what Belá Balázs believed to be one of the most intriguing possibilities of poetical expression pertaining to cinematic language. Through this filmic journey we are also led to the inner depths of the photographic image, the very stuff cinema is made of. Gelatin silver pictures merge in this film with cinematic shots, abandoning their seemingly static form: they dissolve or slowly take shape, as if still under the action of a developer in the darkroom, gradually revealing different layers of reality.
The same pictures return rhythmically, in the film, and as the story unfolds they produce always diverse suggestions and meaning, in the continuously
changeable and renewed flow of memory. In quite a similar manner, the actress seems to react to both the words from the book and Bach’s music, wandering freely inside and outside the stage, in a silent dialogue with the impalpable beings that from time to time seem to inhabit her, on the Greek shores, in a deserted church or in the old Sanatorium’s haunting rooms – a landscape of Absence – emptiness submerged by a sense of waiting, that counterpoints and at the same time reverberates the everlasting voice of the sea.


Wakey Wakey (57:00 min)

Director: Adrian Goodman

Film Language: English + English subtitles

Teen Josie tries to make sense of a frightening world in which a sleep condition blurs her dreams into waking life, and comes under the sway
of her sister Samantha, whose dark web of secrets she must unravel.

Saturday, 15th September 2018

18:30 Opening
19:00 #(S)Facciate [runtime 01:01 h]

Crosstich Road (15:00 min)

Director: Ivan Selva

Film Language: Italian + English subtitles

An upset young woman runs into a mysterious biker in a restless bar in the middle of nowhere. She is looking for someone who can listen to her and unfortunately ends attracting the attention of two mischievous truckers.

Waterbabies (11:15min)

Director: Andrew Simpson

Film Language: English + Italian subtitles

Magic-realist teen drama: Strange and lonely 15 year old MOLLY begins baptising crowds of children in the local river.
OWEN’s teenage gang go to bully her but he can’t admit he really fancies her. He must choose to side with his friends or protect the girl he loves.


Her (10:00 min)

Director: Roberto Bontà Polito

Film Language: Italian + English Subtitles

In una vecchia e sinistra casa napoletana, sita in un palazzo storico del centro, Yuljia, una giovane donna straniera, viene accolta come badante;
la donna porta con sé il figlio neonato e una sola valigia. Ad aprirle la porta un’anziana signora dall’aspetto fiero e misterioso: sua sorella, gravemente malata, ormai quasi dissociata dalla realtà, ha bisogno di essere accudita.


Spettri (24:47 min)

Director: Andrea Gatopoulos

Film Language: Italian + English Subtitles

A recurring dream has been haunting Valerio at night: weird red and blue strobe lights swirl in front of his eyes, disturbing his sleep.
This time he’s daydreaming: it’s a drywall on a suburb street on which his mother is sitting watching him, with that look of her, severe and cautionary. Both his parents recently died in a car accident and Valerio is preparing a memorial exhibition of his father’s work, a well recognized photographer.
While he’s organizing the slides looking for the next picture to print, he finds one where his mother is in the exact spot where he dreamed her. It’s the beginning of a journey into his past life.

20:00 Pause
21:00 #HappyMeTooToYou [runtime 01:55 h]


Amarsi Male (04:52 h)

Director: Cosimo Bruzzese

Film Language: Italian + Italian subtitles

An asian girl is visited by 5 guys (the music band), but she seems to doesn’t appreciate their consideration. Some hint tells that someone (or maybe, everybody) had different plans in stead of a romantic date.


I am an Harlequin – Minimal (03:25 h)

Director: Sean Clancy

Film Language: English

A children’s TV presenter teaches us about idioms for relationships as his own tormented love life bubbles to the surface.

You and Me (24:34 min)

Director: Mrigank Dubey

Film Language: English + English Subtitles

Two college friends embark on a long drive on a Sunday morning, leaving their bustling city lives behind. As they amble through the hilly roads, they reveal to each other, their old longings and hidden pasts. Their rose-tinted nostalgia is broken and they come face to face with their imperfect lives.


The dispensation of life and death (03:22 min)

Director: Roberto Gallina, Fabio Gallina

Film Language: English

The video shows sadistic people sitting at a table where alongside the main course is a girl, clearly terrified.With them there is a serial killer who, like a malicious presenter, entertains the audience of this aristocratic lounge. A waiter keeps resupplying the table in front of these bored spectators and, while they are eating, the food acquires more and more a macabre connotation. Rapid flashbacks, like dreamlike abstractions of introspection, depict their vices in their own private context touching religion, secret socities and perversions. The hunger of the nobles is insatiable, they eventually start blaming each other in front of the gleeful eyes of the serial killer. The last abstraction is his own, which brings him back to reality and what is currently happening: he is at the window and he is looking with desire at a girl as she strolls in the street, the one previously linked to his imaginary dream.

The serial killer is nothing more than a product, brought to the excess by our society. He represents the true choice that it (the society) induces: to abide by oneself or to live by moring according to ethical canons. In his mind the need for exaggeration is represented throught the control he exercises on the victim. He sees his personality as the demanding nobles he meets, characters with a dark and scary private life. In the final he is back to reality, leaving him to the most disturbing of its questions: should he indulge in his nature?


Me Too – Fuck You – It’s time for action (1:20 h)

Director: Jenny Hsia, Paul Ruven

Film Language: English

ME TOO – FUCK YOU – IT’S TIME FOR ACTION “swipes” (like you do on your smartphone or iPad) between several stories of young and older women who think time’s up, we have to act against sexual abuse. The main storyline is about a Chinese woman who helps loyal other women to finally get justice from unpunished abusers, inspired by Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a train” (for a perfect alibi) and Michael Mann’s “Collateral” (take a cab to justice).

The first feature that lead actress Jenny Hsia (co) directed (with Paul Ruven). Her parents emigrated from communist China to the Netherlands. Trained as an actress at the Lee Strasberg Institute (NYC). Jenny Hsia: “#MeToo and Time’s Up inspired. It’s about time we do something about sexual harassment. Filmmakers too can tell stories and start discussions. ”

Emmy nominated producer Paul Ruven was twice selected for Berlin. Every movie he directs is different cinema adventure. Paul Ruven: ” We shot a month before #MeToo started. An urgent dilemma: How to act against sexual abusers? In the world 1 in every 3 women and 1 in every 6 men suffered sexual abuse as children. Strong women stand up.”

Director of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Martin McDonagh couldn’t have said it better at the BAFTA’s 2018 :”It is a hopeful movie but also angry, and sometimes an angry movie is the only way to change something.”

Sunday, 16th September 2018

16:30 Opening
17:00 #BloodyMary [runtime 01:50 h]


Agnus Dei (01:50 h)

Director: Agim Sopi

Film Language: Albanian + English Subtitles

A young man Peter, who is around thirties, lives a desperate life with his mother Maria and her husband Stojan in one village of Serbia. Peter is born in Kosova from a forbidden love between his mother Maria and the young Albanian man, but for this he is not aware Is the period of time when the relations between Serbs and Albanians are inimical, exactly is the time of the beginning of war. Peter is forced by his mother and the others to go to the war. He intends to escape the war and goes to the West. He is mobilized forcefully in one paramilitary unit in Kosova’s war. In one action prepared as a revenge, he kills his father Dini whom he never had the chance to meet. Being not able to bear the arbitrary crimes, Peter, deserts from the army. He takes Dini’s daughter Maria and together they escape to the mountains. During their dangerous trip they are followed from both sides of enemies, Serbs and Albanians. Peter and Maria fell in love. They reach to come back in Peter’s home in Serbia. As soon as they returnee home, Peter realizes that he had killed his biologic father and he had fall in love with his sister. Not being able to stand this spiritual condition he commits a suicide.

19:00 #TrialAnd(T)error [runtime 01:41 h]


Regarding the case of Joan of Arc (01:41 h)

Director: Matthew D. Wilder

Film Language: English

An alt-right Christian terrorist in the United States claims to hear the voice of God commanding her to attack federal buildings.


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