Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia, Italy, 2009.
Directed by: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
Script: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
Producer: Massimo Cristaldi
Production company: Cristaldi Pictures
Cinematography: Olaf Hirschberg
Editing: Desideria Rayner
Cast: Marta Palermo, Marco Maria Correnti, Diana Sergio
Running time: 19'
Rita is ten years old and blind since birth, lives in a seaside neighbourhood of Palermo. She 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, terrified. The meeting between the two of them 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.
Bratislava International Film Festival 2009 Best Short Film
Premiers Plans Film Festival 2010 Prix Arte
Tampere Film Festival 2010 Diploma of Merit
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival 2010 Best Short Film
Aspen Shorts Fest Award for Directing
Athens International Film and Video Festival 2010 Best Use of Sound Design
Arcipelago International Festival of Short Films and New Images 2010 Special Jury Prize
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2010 Best International Short Film
Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza have worked as writers, development consultants and acquisition consultants for major Italian production companies, such as Fandango and Filmauro of Aurelio De Laurentiis. In summer 2009 Fabio and Antonio had their debut as directors with the short film 'Rita'. The short film was shot in the problematic and fascinating Palermo neighbourhood of Arenella, the same place where they will soon shoot their first feature film 'Salvo'.
Location and screening schedule:
Tukanac cinema, Tuesday, October 19th at 13.00
Europa cinema, Tuesday, October 19th at 22.00