Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia, Italy, 200935mm, Colour, 18'

Rita is ten years old and blind since birth. She lives in a seaside neighbourhood of Palermo. Rita is stubborn, curious and feels thwarted by an overprotective dictatorial mother. The claustrophobic world of her home is suddenly breached by a mysterious presence. It's a boy on the run, wounded and terrified. The meeting between the two is highly enigmatic. Thanks to her mysterious new friend, or perhaps only thanks to her imagination and courage, Rita escapes from home and goes to the beach. She learns to swim and experiences a brief moment of freedom, which ends when the miraculous encounter vanishes and she finds herself alone in the sea.

02 August, Kino Bahçe, 20:15

Short Film Competition

Director: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
Producer: Massimo Cristaldi
Cinematographer: Olaf Hirschberg
Editor: Desideria Rayner
Sound: Daniela Bassani , Stefano Grosso

Director's Biography

Fabio and Antonio have worked as writers, development and acquisition consultants for major Italian production companies, such as Fandango and Filmauro of Aurelio De Laurentiis. “Salvo”, their current feature film project, was selected for Berlinale Talent Campus, Binger Filmlab and awarded a special mention by the Jury of the Solinas Prize – the most important Italian script-award. Last July they directed the short called “Rita”, working with a ten-year-old blind girl playing the main role in the film. The film was shot in the problematic and fascinating Palermo neighbourhood of Arenella, where they will shoot “Salvo”, too.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Short Film – Bratislava IFF 2009, Slovakia. International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010, Holland. Tampere Film festival 2010, Finland. Prix Arte – Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers 2010, France. Ankara International Film Festival 2010, Turkey. Best Short Film – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival 2010, The Canary Islands.


Antonio Piazza
viaFilomarino, 6 - interno 4
00199, Rome, Italy

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