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10th London Greek Film Festival: 14-20 May 2017 - Films

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Story for an empty theatre by Cesare Bedogne. 57’. Italy, Greece. 2016. UK Premiere. Experimental.

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Original Title: Storia per un teatro vuoto

English Title: Story for an empty theatre

Greek Title: Μια ιστορία για ένα θέατρο αδειανό

Duration: 57 min

Country of origin: Italy, Greece

Director: Aleksandr Balagura and Cesare Bedognè

Producer: Emanuele Ferrari, Davide Marino, Alessandra Cevasco

Production Company / Companies: ABao AQu and Studio Incantations (with the contribution of Genova Film Commission)

Brief synopsis in English: The film is taken from the autobiographical novel “Beyond the Blue”, a poetic diary by the Italian photographer and writer Cesare Bedognè, who also co-directed the film, and narrates an intense story of love, disease and death. As the book on which it is based, the film seem to wander freely in time, attempting to be more faithful to the intrinsically diachronic and lyrical 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. The film was shot in the deserted church of an old Sanatorium of the Italian Alps, the place of the writer’s past, and (mainly) on the Greek island of Lesvos, the place of his present.

Brief synopsis in Greek: Η ταινία προέρχεται από το αυτοβιογραφικό μυθιστόρημα Πέρα απ’ το γαλάζιο («Oltre l’azzurro» / Beyond the Blue), ποιητικό ημερολόγιο του Ιταλού φωτογράφου και συγγραφέα Cesare Bedognè, ο οποίος και σκηνοθέτησε την ταινία, και αφηγείται μια δυνατή ιστορία αγάπης, αρρώστιας και θανάτου. Όπως και το βιβλίο στο οποίο βασίζεται, η ταινία μοιάζει να περιπλανιέται ελεύθερα στον χρόνο, προσπαθώντας να μένει πιστή περισσότερο στην εσώτερη, διαχρονική και λυρική ροή της μνήμης παρά στην τεχνητή γραμμικότητα μιας συμβατικής αφήγησης. Έτσι ο χώρος όπου διαδραματίζεται η ταινία είναι ο χώρος του συνειδητού, ένα συνεχές που, σε μία από τις τελευταίες σκηνές, διαστέλλεται και γίνεται ένας σχεδόν ονειρικός στοχασμός πάνω στον θάνατο. Η ταινία γυρίστηκε στην εγκαταλειμμένη εκκλησία ενός παλιού σανατόριου στις Ιταλικές Άλπεις, τόπο συνδεδεμένο με το παρελθόν του συγγραφέα, και (κυρίως) στο ελληνικό νησί της Λέσβου, τόπο όπου αυτός ζει σήμερα.

Release Date: May 2016

Original Format: HD

Credits:
Directed by ALEKSANDR BALAGURA and CESARE BEDOGNE’
Script by CESARE BEDOGNE’ (from his novel “Beyond the Blue”)
Theatrical adaptation by EMANUELE FERRARI
Narrating voice: EMANUELE FERRARI
Acting, choreography and dance: MARIA FREPOLI
Photography: CESARE BEDOGNE’, ALEKSANDR BALAGURA, VERONICA PENSERINI
Stills: CESARE BEDOGNE’
Editing ALEKSANDR BALAGURA
Music by J.S. Bach played by musicians from the “Istituto di Musica e Liturgia di Reggio Emilia”: PIETRO MAREGGINI (baroque recorders) , NADIA TORREGGIANI (harpsichord), FRANCESCO CARRARO (oboe).

Original Language(s): Italian

English Subtitles: Yes

Previous screenings / festivals worldwide:
The Great Indian Film and Literature Festival (GIFLIF 2016, India)
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (November 2016, India)
Blow-up Arthouse IFF Chicago (USA, 2016)
Chhatrapati Shivaji IFF Pune (India, 2016)
Canada’s World International Film Festival 2017
Mediterrenean Film Festival, Siracusa (Italy, 2017)
Festival Internazionale del Cinema Documentario “Marcellino De Baggis” (Taranto, Italy, 2017)
International Independent Permanent Memories Festival (Ancona, Italy 2017)
Eastern NC Film Festival (USA, 2017)
Lanùs Festival International de Cine (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017)
Coral Coast Film Festival (Alghero, Italy, 2017)
FICCSUR International Film Festival (Valparaiso, Chile, 2017)
Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival (Italy, 2017)
 
Awards and nominations:
Best Experimental Film at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival (November 2016)
First equal in the Experimental Film competition at GIFLIF (December 2016)
Nomination Best Italian Film at the Canada’s World Film Festival 2017
Semifinalist at the Festival Internazionale del Cinema Documentario “Marcellino De Baggis”
Finalist at the Coral Coast Film Festival (upcoming, April 2017)
Finalist at the Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival (upcoming, May 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

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