RITA (19', Italy, 2009)

 

One of the most successful Italian shorts ever, revealing a masterly use of an efficient and refined cinematic language, the film was shown in over 100 festivals and distributed in 9 countries. Rita, a-ten-year old girl, blind since birth, stubborn and curious, is feeling 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. Thanks to their rather out-of-the-ordinary encounter 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 her unusual new acquaintance vanishes and she finds herself alone in the sea.

Director: FABIO GRASSADONIA, ANTONIO PIAZZA

 

Cast: MARTA PALERMO, MARCO MARIA CORRENTI, DIANA SERGIO

Screenplay: FABIO GRASSADONIA, ANTONIO PIAZZA

Cinematography: OLAF HIRSCHBERG

Editing: DESIDERIA RAYNER

Sound: DANIELA BASSANI, STEFANO GROSSO

Producer: MASSIMO CRISTALDI, FABRIZIO MOSCA

Production: CRISTALDI PICTURES, ACABA PRODUZIONI



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Director's contact: anto[dot]piazza[at]yahoo[dot]it

 

 

FABIO GRASSADONIA and ANTONIO PIAZZA have worked as writers, development and acquisition consultants for major Italian production companies, such as Fandango and Filmauro of Aurelio De Laurentiis. The two were co-screenwriters for the 2004 romantic comedy Ogni volta che te ne vai, directed by Davide Cocchi, as well as for Giulio Base’s GLI OCCHI DELL'AMORE, released in 2005. SALVO, their written 2008 feature film project – and soon to be, debut in feature film directing - was selected at Berlinale Talent Campus, at Binger Filmlab Amsterdam and in 2009 received a Production Award at Torino Film Lab as well as a Special Mention of the Jury of the Solinas Premio, the most important Italian script award. This coming up movie revolves around a story similar to RITA’s, focusing on the cathartic relationship between Salvo, a mafia killer, and a twenty-year old blind girl.

 

Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2010 / Rotterdam 2010 / ARTE Prize Premiers Plans Angers 2010 / Best Short Film Edinburgh 2010 / Best Short Film Bratislava 2009 / Best Short Film Brooklyn 2011 / Best Short Film Zagreb 2010 / Diploma of Merit Tampere 2010 / Award for Directing Aspen 2010 / Best Use of Sound Design Athens 2010 (more than 100 festival selections and 42 international awards)

 

“How to stage the point of view of a blind girl? How to induce in the spectator a minor experience of blindness and what it might be like to overcome it? During this short film the camera is focused on Rita, without reverse angle shots. The girl is under everyone’s gaze, which acts also as a controlling element, a form of surveillance. We can’t see what Rita has before her because she can’t either. For example, we see her mother’s hands flit in and out of the frame, when her mother is fussing around her, but we never see her mother completely. We feel the desire to see what stands before her but, for the most part of the short film, we are not granted any gratification of this desire. For Rita hearing is fundamental, and that is why the story, from her “point of view” is told through sounds and noises. The sounds represent what we can’t see, they evoke it, and to some extent create it. Only through an unexpected and enigmatic meeting does the staging principle change, because this is what suddenly enables her to "see" and we, for the first time, are gifted with her perspective and share her vision. The film explores this brief moment of grace. Then everything goes back to normal for Rita and for us.” (FABIO GRASSADONIA, ANTONIO PIAZZA)

 

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