SIL2018

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SIL2018

It hasn't been too long since the last update—I am getting better, which is a good thing. The main news I am very excited to report is that Brave Naked has been selected and will be screened at the Salón Internacional de la Luz in Bogotá, that runs from the 15th to the 20th of May. SIL2018 is a very interesting international event dedicated to the image in film, to creating images with light, and therefore to cinematography. I take the opportunity to give credit to our brilliant director of photography my friend George Tsikos and thank him for his great work and creative inputs, for his professionalism, and for his generosity on and off the set. Now I guess I must be looking like an arselicker, but it’s all true and genuinely felt . . . and it’s been a lot of fun!

George Tsikos and Riccardo Gagliardi on set at Passion Pictures (Photo: Greta Invernizzi)

While looking forward to the next update, I shall leave you with a line of Albert Camus from The Myth of Sisyphus that particularly resonates with me:

The work of art is born of the intelligence's refusal to reason the concrete. It marks the triumph of the carnal.

Timely, isn’t it? Take care, eat well, read better, and speak again very soon.

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Blowup Film Fest et alia

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Blowup Film Fest et alia

I have been silent for quite a while but not completely dormant. In fact, it has been a rather hectic year, which is why—my bad all the same, this is no excuse—I have neglected this pages for so long.
Apart from writing, animation took most of my time since my last post. Most notably, I have been supervising the animation for two lovely animated shorts, one being Legends Never Die for Riot Games, directed by the incredibly nice and talented Evan Viera of ROYGBIV, and the other Intuit: A Giant Story, directed by the equally amazing againstallodds, a duo composed by the brilliant Niklas Rissler and Derek Picken.
Back to Brave Naked, which is what I should be talking about, the great news is that Prem1ere Film is now at the helm of its festival distribution. Right when I was starting to lose grip on it (I say sarcastically as I never really had it), they took the project and revived it with their competence and specific experience. You can follow the news on their website or the dedicated facebook page they have created and are kindly managing.
Meanwhile, Brave Naked was selected at a few more international festivals, most importantly the Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival, an event I was particularly keen to be part of, and more recently the Cefalù Film Festival.
While the full film is not available yet online (feel free to request a private link for it) I hope I will come back soon with more good news on where to see it.
I am going to leave you with a quote from Don DeLillo's Americana that I find witty and quite appropriate. I like Don DeLillo. Have fun, and speak soon.

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London Rolling Film Festival

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London Rolling Film Festival

Right because life resumes its aggressive biting every Monday—sharp—and the weeks often feel like running faster than one can possibly keep up with, here I am, posting with some delay about the London Rolling Film Festival, where BN was screened as part of its 7th edition Official Selection.
It was a wonderful evening made even better by the presence of JonAlex and Helen. Praise to the lovely all female team led by artistic director Alida Pantone, host Ellie Torrez and festival coordinator Iliana Efthymiadi for the nice atmosphere, great network opportunity and having offered such an interesting and diverse slate.
A big thank you also to jury president, director Tom Paton for having presented the trailer for his next project, the forthcoming Redwood, and shared inspiring insights on his effectual approach to filmmaking and producing, and a much belated one to the Live London Post for having mentioned me while announcing the event.

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Alternate end titles piece

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Alternate end titles piece

The creative collaboration with friend composer Alessandro Ponti was to me, by far, one of the most exciting parts. An unfortunate product of my being intensively anal about the music (my infinite love for it translates into a particularly meticulous approach, which Alessandro kindly and patiently allowed me to perform while making his way towards his brilliant final score) is the discard of this lovely folk piece. Though successfully embodying the many conversations we had about style and influences, we eventually felt that ending reprising the main theme would have been more appropriate and somehow consistent to the philosophy (so to speak, don't take this literally) behind the story—we do change, but not really—and therefore a perfect ironic, bittersweet completion.

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Brave naked dummies

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Brave naked dummies

The news section was meant to open ages ago, but humans' life is intense and procrastinating, apart from being one of the worst English words in the vocabulary (I am sensitive to how words sound—for instance, I like preposterous and begrudgingly, so be aware that I will try to use them as often as possible), acts no surprise as a most predictable biblical snake.
However, here we are, finally starting off with a funny photo my friend producer, script reader and writer, the lovely Alison Crews Wroblewski took a while back in a shop (I took the liberty to add the faces). Thanks Alison!

Check out Alison's website (also travel blog), Extra Letteurs, of which I particularly love her creative writing tab and the film and script analysis (by the way, we share the love for Todd Haynes' Carol, to me one of the best films in the last decade, and certainly on top of my 2015 favourites along with Ben Wheatley's High-Rise and Paolo Sorrentino's Youth).

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