STORYLINE

Maria Grazia Cucinotta hosts a program called “In My Kitchen” where friends talk about themselves while cooking their typical, regional dishes. One day, a Neapolitan guest presents a timballo.
According to Mrs. Adelina, an Abruzzese restaurant cook in the remote town of Campli, the timballo (a casserole-type dish) is neither Neapolitan nor Sicilian. For the elderly woman, there is only one timballo—the Camplese one. Adelina picks up the phone and calls Maria Grazia. She invites the famous host to taste the real timballo in her restaurant— but bad luck is always right around the corner. A plumbing problem happens in the bathroom on the same day that Maria Grazia Cucinotta is expected to be in Campli. Nicola, fed up with his mother’s complaints, calls the plumbers. These former bricklayers turn out to be anything but clogged pipe experts. Omar, Dragan, and Samir are scrambling in an attempt to fix the toilet while Nicola is in the kitchen trying to explain to his mother that Mrs. Cucinotta will never show up: “Why would Cucinotta ever come to Abruzzo, let alone Campli, to taste your timballo!?” Yet the woman insists that Maria Grazia gave her word.
Mrs. Adelina acknowledges that the bathroom is a disaster and feels bad. Nicola slips on the wet floor and breaks an arm and a leg. The timballo is not ready yet… With much surprise to everyone, Maria Grazia Cucinotta is at the table!
The three plumbers will save the restaurant’s fate and the honor of the timballo by mustering up a lot of courage and a dash of imagination…

DIRECTOR’S NOTES

In this project, the kitchen is the true bond between cultures that come together.
Not by chance, the script revisits a traditional dish from Teramo. This process unfolds the actual meeting of seemingly different yet substantially very similar worlds. This artistic loophole highlights how valuable it might be for different cultures to meet. This story tries to overcome all barriers between our culture and that of migrants, who are guests in our country. Such hindrances too often stem from unreasonable fear.
We chose the genre of comedy to keep the narration light. Unfortunately, at least in recent years, this topic has caused distress and sadness to all of us. We are well aware of this. Through humor, we wish to analyze and tell this societal moment with its contradictions and misperceptions. In the end, we want to alert the next generation in particular, because we hope for better times where integration means growth and acceptance. It will be an honor to work with youth of different ethnicities. As for the artistic success, I want to conclude with a quote by a 19th century literature master: “Your village is the center of the world. If you speak of your village you speak of the world.” (Tolstoy)

STORYLINE
Lucio and Luna are imperfect beings. They are so thin that they are on the edge of fading away. The passionate, extreme, and violent love for each other reflects their starving bodies. Their problem challenges their love once Luna takes refuge at Lucio’s house.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
He is a young man, around 30. She is 25. They are invisible, flawed beings—so skinny that they risk fading away. Society labels them as “anorexic”. Yet before they met, it was not just the lack of food that made them that way — it was the lack of life. They gave in to a furious struggle against themselves, one that only they could see, fight, and understand.

But what happens when they come together and start loving each other in a way that is as extreme and violent as their starving bodies? What happens when the illness of one begins to feed off that of the other until complete destruction? This is what I wanted to tell, and I did it as straightforwardly as possible.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: Adriano Giotti
production: Rai Cinema/Diero
distribution: Zenmovie Distribuzione
cast: Nataly Beck’S, Filippo Quintini, and Carmen Conesa
runtime: 14 min 59 sec
year: 2016
country: Italy

STORYLINE
This is the parodic representation of a refined vernissage of the urban upper class turned grotesque and exhilarating buffet “attack”.
A handful of brave “servants of the motherland” are getting ready to face the banquet guests’ insatiable appetite for “power” in an epic, tragicomic, and cutthroat battle.
Buffet is an ironic and ruthless metaphor for the new human barbarism, hypocrisy, greed, and appalling individualism that has devoured our beautiful country.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
Narration ranges among different styles and genres, telling a wide range of feelings and atmospheres. The director, with his style, aims at underlining the parodistic drama of events and chases it consistently through a handheld camera and long shots. The film features many close-ups, details, camera dolly movements, long tracking shots, and smooth camera motions, also to the use of a steadycam.
Costume design and scenography play a key role. All characters in the film are emblematic masks that somehow recall Fellini’s work, emphasized by meticulous hair and make-up. The sharp and experienced cast plays these characters with originality and artistry.
The original soundtrack is epic and expressive. The main theme varies to highlight the emotion of the moment, evoking Ennio Morricone’s and Hans Zimmer’s works.
Daniele Ciprì’s skillful cinematography is warm and contrasted. It is dominated by marked cuts of light, heightened colors, and the natural tones of costumes, food, and set design.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
directors: Santa de Santis and Alessandro D’Ambrosi
production: IMAGO produzioni
distributor: Premiere Film
cast: Ciro Scalera, Daniele Grassetti, Francesco Mastrorilli, and Matteo Nicoletta
runtime: 15 min
year: 2016
country: Italy

STORYLINE
Warehouse worker by day. Elvis impersonator by night. One night at the club, Sandro’s performance creates so much buzz that an unlikely manager proposes him to go on tour in China. Torn between a life-long dream and the bond with his Neapolitan castrating mother, Sandro will have to do what is most difficult for him: choose.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
Everything revolves around the far-fetched image of a burly and seemingly flat Elvis impersonator in present-day Naples. The story aims at a surrealist flavor based on the paradox of the character: he is much more awkward and out of place in what would seem to be his natural habitat, the warehouse, and much more comfortable and expressive where one would least expect, on a nightclub stage. We therefore managed to use a fixed camera to shoot the dull movements of the protagonist and the more jerky acting of the supporting characters that surround him from time to time. For the vital expressiveness of the character when he turns into a kind of very atypical Elvis, we instead use a camera that moves both fluidly and controlled.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: Andrea Della Monica
production: Ladoc
distributor: Elenfant Distribution
cast: Giuseppe Fiscariello, Sergio Di Paola, Diana Di Paolo, and Marco Cavalli
runtime: 8 min
year: 2018
country: Italy

STORYLINE
Abby wakes up every day and tells herself that this time will be different. She will not vomit. She will not hurt herself. The voice in her head will not prevail. Yesterday was the last time. Today is another day.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
Nervosa explores the vicious cycle of bulimia. Immediately after feeling shame, hatred, or disgust, Abby cannot help but throw up everything she swallows. Yet even that is not enough to silence the voice of illness that weighs on her mind.

STORYLINE
At a dull disco night the young, good-looking upper bourgeois Luca is unexpectedly attracted to Susy, a girl who does not fit the standard of perfection that he is used to. Can he get over the fear of what his friends think and make a move?

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
Millennials’ fear of judgment and their perception of beauty is central to this short film. Social media’s impact on beauty ideals is far more influential than magazines and TV of the past. Beauty standards have gone up to where both women and men are chasing aesthetic perfection. What if a boy, belonging to the Y Generation, were attracted to a girl who does not comply with these social norms? How would he react and face his own social reality? My shots put viewers in the skin of the protagonist, so that they can touch his situation firsthand. I also address obesity in this film. In my experience, such narrations often turn into a victimization of obese people. Through F**K Different, actress Silvia Parasiliti and I worked to create a self-confident character who has learned to accept herself for who she is and who knows how to use her arsenal to conquer men. I want this character to inspire young people who, for whatever reason, may not accept their own body.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: David Barbieri
production: Ink Production
distribution: Zenmovie Distribuzione
cast: Silvia Parasaliti and Claudio Pignatello
runtime: 9 min 59 sec
year: 2019
country: Italy

STORYLINE
Charles pins his hopes on an imaginary love story, wishing to escape the dramatic relationship he has with food and his body.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
Hunger Keeps Walking is a short film about love and loneliness. The direction was intended to narrate a little known eating disorder in an intimate and emotional way, rather than scientific and descriptive.
I decided to keep the protagonist immersed in his domestic context. This tells about both the character’s isolation and the complex everyday life where his imaginary relationship with Bijoux takes place. For this reason, the frames and shots are often wide and static. The camera moves only when Charles decides to get out of his comfort zone and his home to get involved with something beyond himself.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: Giulia Canella
production: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
year: 2017
country: Italy
runtime: 14 min 57 sec
cast: Phénix Brossard and Laura Doni

STORYLINE
This short film comes from a social advertising storyline. Physical laziness and comfort food are pleasant but make our lifestyle inevitably unhealthy. Many die each year because of poor eating habits, but this does not make the news.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
The characters sketched by Davide’s work reflect fragments of everyday life and capture their irony. Food for Thoughts is his second internationally awarded work.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: Davide Gentile
production: Davide Gentile/Banjo Eyes Films
year: 2016
country: United Kingdom
runtime: 12 min 20 sec
cast: Ed Bar, Sim Liz, and Liz McMullen

STORYLINE
Challenges big and small accompany the seasons of life. Ayman, an overweight kid, is determined to face his insecurities by spending the day in a public pool. However, the “swimsuit test” will force him to endure a series of small obstacles to the final challenge: whether or not to face the pool crowd.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
This film emerges from the urge to experiment and share. It belongs to a series of four short films on the subject of fear. Here, fear is about judgment.  Twelve-year-old Ayman Mata plays the leading role. This is his first time in front of the camera. The courage and strong expressivity of Mata permeate the film to build a message that goes beyond words. I wanted the protagonist to face small obstacles. These may look like trifles for many of us, yet in fact they can indeed turn into very aggressive challenges for those who carry on the burden of insecurity. Even the extreme of escaping to a fantasy world where we pretend to be superheroes is sometimes not enough to keep away the push of reality that ends up paralyzing us. Whether Ayman chooses to go to the pool or not is irrelevant. What matters is if he will choose to free himself from his fears. The film’s music and colors inspire a sense of temporal vagueness to recall adolescence. Melodies from the ’60s and ’80s echo in the music by Alessio Zanin. Colors and shots by Luca Sabbioni (cinematographer) and Lorenzo Ameri (color grading) aim at a very saturated effect to evoke the tones of disposable cameras from the ’90s.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: Antonino Valvo
production: Almòst videolab/See Mars Studio
cast: Ayman Mate, Nico Malaspina, Mirko Radice, and Cristian Qose
runtime: 5 min 15 sec
year: 2019
country: Italy

STORYLINE
A couple of lovers meet for dinner every night. Isolation and disgust become the main ingredients of each menu, and the dishes are a slow sign of an inevitable decay. The time it takes to prepare dinner is enough to change their desire, only to reach a grueling and ‘frantic’ dessert.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
Written by Joel Sánchez Sandino, this short film presents food as a vehicle for enhancing social relations. In this couple’s case, love changes over the course of the film. The degradation of food is nothing but the analogy of the degradation (or transformation) of pleasure and emotional need. This transformation takes us from point A to point Z. Desire, passion, and possession from initial-phase love in fact turn into a desire for control, obligation, and destruction during the decline. Food orchestrates the fall of this notion of love. This dark vision of love creates an opposition between idealization and distancing alongside gentleness and brutality (the two faces of desire and passion). Food art and food shallowness tell us of a deteriorating journey toward the inevitable abandonment and degradation of human relations.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: César González Álvarez
production: Occhi di Giove/Castello Errante Residenza Internazionale del Cinema
executive producer: Adele dell’Erario
cast: Juan Gerardo Muñoz and Catalina Solís Mata
runtime: 15 min
year: 2016
country: Italy

STORYLINE
Being a kid is hard. Being yourself is even harder. Ari faces the challenges of growing up and finds courage and determination where he least expects it.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
I wanted to tell the story of a character who did not like himself, of someone who felt insignificant—as if he were nothing. My goal was to show a transformative path from difficulty and humiliation to self-acceptance. This work tells about taking on the risk of being refused for the sake of becoming who we are.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: Alex Murawski
production: Annmaree J Bell
cast: Jaxon-Graham Wilson, Tiarnie Coupland, and Alan Dukes
runtime: 9 min 45 sec
year: 2015
country: Australia

STORYLINE
Fellini got it absolutely right: life is a combination of magic and pasta.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
This is my first film on food. I took this step because I believe that food is one of the few things that can bring people together. Friends and family gather around the table to share something real, and this is especially true in Italy.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: David Corini
producer: David Corini
country: Italy
year: 2017
runtime: 3 min 14 sec

STORYLINE
This portrait of Don Luigi Baglieri, the last traveling chocolate maker in Europe, carries on his father’s ancient tradition that has belonged to Modica, Sicily for hundreds of years.

DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECS
director: Ivano Fachin
runtime: 20 min
country: Italy