Out of Competition Short Films 2023

Categorie - Cortometraggi FC

Lucca Film Festival 2023 – Out of Competition Short Films  (in alphabetical order)

Italy, 2023, 15’, col.
Director: Anna Claudia Bassani
Screenplay: Anna Claudia Bassani, Tommaso Olivieri
Cinematography: Filippo Marzatico
Film Editing: Anna Claudia Bassani
Music: Fabio Angeli
Cast: Rosa Zodda, Federico Barbagelata, cristina Gardumi, Rolando Abbarchi
Lidia is a girl too light to be on the ground. Her mother, on the night of June 23-24, asks for help to St. John’s magical water. At the same time her friend Elio has an idea to solve her problem.

France, 2022, 27’, col.
Director: Jo Ingabire Moys
Screenplay: Jo Ingabire Moys
Cinematography: Thomas Bremond
Film Editing: Matyas Veress
Music: Audrey Ismaël
Cast: Eliane Umuhire, Ery Nzaramba, Roger Noël Ineza, Maély Mahavande
Production: Boris Mendza, Gaël Cabouat, Sonia Tardif d’Hamonville, Stephane Landowski
1994, Rwanda. As the civil war rages, Bazigaga takes in a father and daughter hunted by the militia.

Poland, 2022, 19’, col.
Director: Jan Bujnowski
Screenplay: Jan Bujnowski
Cinematography: Kasper Lorek
Film Editing: Olga Bejm, Stanislaw Frankowski
Music: Jan Bujnowski, Bogdan Klat
Cast: Sebastian Pawlak, Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak
Production: Agata Golańska
In research on the religiosity of Poles conducted in the 1990s by OBOP, the percentage of believers has always fluctuated around 95%. At the same time, the unemployment rates also reached record values. The crisis strengthened the society’s need for spirituality, which allowed things not necessarily possible to happen in other times.

Estonia, 2022, 14’, col.
Director: Priit Tender
Screenplay: Priit Tender
Production: Kerdi Oengo
Ills of fortune have deported a ballet dancer Sergei to a suburban kolhoz. Here he’s having his mundane fights against routine, domestic animals and alcohol.

Italy, 2022, 14’, col.
Director: Maurizio Forcella
Screenplay: Maurizio Forcella
Cinematography: Mattia Tedeschi
Montaggio: Ludovica Spinozzi
Musica: Gianluigi Antonelli
Cast: Leonardo Bilaj, Ilaria Colleluori, Valeria Angelozzi, Paolo Ricci
Production: Stazione Cinema
In 1985, the Pope visits Atri, a small town in the region of Abruzzo. It’s an important event for the town, and the whole community has taken the day off. Everyone is getting ready to welcome His Holiness. Fernando, however, has other ideas. He gives his family the slip and sneaks off on his ramshackle scooter to the home of his sweetheart, Silvia. Meanwhile, the Pope is greeted by the enraptured crowds.

MOTHER (Moeder)
Ukraine, 2023, 20’, col.
Director: Salomon Lightelm
Screenplay: Salomon Lightelm, Joshua Sullivan
Cinematography: Farhad Ghaderi
Film Editing: Salomon Lightelm, Alexander Farah, Yurri Karih
Cast: Chris Galust, Marta Beloshapka, Yurii Laguta, Vitalii Novikov
Production: Daniel Linnik-Zhuravliov
Based on a true story from the borderlines of the war by Russia on Ukraine. Mother tells the story of Vitaly Ivanov – a miner on the Ukraine/Russian border who discovers a ringing phone – and tragically so much more – in his backyard.

World Premier
NIETZSCHEAN SUICIDE (Khokoushten ba Shewazi Nietzsche)
Iran, 2023, 18’, col.
Director: Payam Kurdistani
Screenplay: Payam Kurdistani
Cinematography: Behrouz Badrouj
Film Editing:Hamid Najafirad
Cast: Maryam Boubani, Bakhtiar Panjei, Farshid Gavili, Osva Sadeghi
Production: Payam Kurdistani, Bahman Rezaei
A suicide pharmacy owner tries to delay the suicide of the only midwife in his city until after his pregnant wife gives birth. Out of his efforts comes a novel suicide method that can revive his customers’ will to live.

Italy, 2022, 15’, col.
Director: Daniele Nicolosi
Screenplay: Daniele Nicolosi, Giampaolo Galli
Cinematography: Francesco Crivaro
Film Editing:Nicholas Bombana
Music: Marco Mancini
Cast: Andrea Bosca, Euridice Axen, Giuditta Niccoli, Alice Piano
Production: Daniele Nicolosi, Paolo Nicolosi
Boy meets girl in a house on the mountains. Out of the blue, he wakes up in his Turin flat in 2046, when technology has gained the upper hand over human relationships.
Presenti in sala Daniele Nicolosi e Andrea Bosca

Norway, 2022, 18’, col.
Director: Simon Matthew Valentine
Screenplay: Simon Matthew Valentine, Alexander M. Delver
Cinematography: Torfinn R. Sanderud
Film Editing: Naomi Oseki
Music: Wei Ting Tseng
Cast: Sjur Vatne Brean, Sacha Slengesol Balgobin, Oda Schjøll, Peder Ulven
Production: Adam A. Losurdo, Aladdin Alisic, Andreas Ruti Johansen
As a young urban couple on a working holiday hopes to connect with nature at Tistlebu farm, a primordial power comes into play, changing them both forever.