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Cast & Crew

Luigi Mezzanotte 
as Mistress, Barnabas, K., Bürgel  

Irene Gianeselli
screenplay and direction

Giose Brescia
Director of Photography

Sara Porfido
Editor

Godwatt
Music

Cris
(Cristiana Berardini)

Illustrator

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THE MAN WHO MEASURES
THE WORLD

K., the land surveyor, the man who measures the World, relives the nightmare and the dream, the obsession of full life and the ambition of a dignified death always denied in the non-linear plot of rules, laws and social obligations. Inspired by Franz Kafka's “Das Schloß” (1926) this adaptation chooses four archetypal characters to show in action: Mistress, Barnabas and Bürgel in addition to the protagonist K. who absorbs and impersonates them by shifting the limit of his identity in an increasingly challenging game. Klamm - who represents the illusion of being able to reach the power - and the beautiful Frieda - who’s the pure and vain love - are only evoked by the passion and frustrated ambitions of the protagonist. Luigi Mezzanotte acts the bewilderment of humanity that faces the World and History. The same humanity is condemned to eternal repetition and to the “eternal return” of its defeat in a mysterious and ancestral space which is seductive and full of promises for an eternal golden and inaccessible summer.

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

K. chases himself, he hovers and he is part of the stones. He nourishes his solitude evoking encounters, clashes and voices. He spies from the lock on the power room and he is excluded from it. Someone else decides for him, for his love, passion, and vocation. All his effort is in the documents. The despair, frustration and at the same time the deep vital exuberance of the character are redeemed, paradoxically, precisely in the condemnation itself: K. is always ready to start all over again, he is waiting for us out of the dream to remake the nightmare and the awakening together.

Irene Gianeselli

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AWARDS
NOMINATIONS

Honorable Mention 

Best Young Director (Irene Gianeselli)

Best Cinematography (Giose Brescia)
GLIFF - Golden Lemur 2021
Lisbon

Finalist
Swedish International Film Festival 2021
Arvika

Finalist

Vesuvius International Film Fest 2021
Naples

Finalist
New York International Women Festival 2021
New York

Honoroble Mention

Paris Film Awards 2021
Paris

Official Selection

New York Neorealism Film Awards 2021
Rome

Best Short Film - Outstanding Achievement

Beyond the Curve International Film Festival 2021
Paris

Official Selection
Toronto International Women Film Festival 2021
Toronto

Semi-Finalist
Prague International Indie Film Festival 2021
Prague

Official Selection

Berlin Indie Film Festival 2022
Berlin

Official Selection

Festival del Cinema di Cefalù 2022

Cefalù (Palermo)

Finalist

Europa Film Festival 2022

Barcelona

Semi-Finalist

South Italy International Film Festival 2022

Barletta

Semi-Finalist

Vienna Indie Short Festival 2022

Vienna

Official Selection

Premio David di Donatello 2022

Italy

Semi-Finalist
Sydney Indie Short Festival 2021
Sydney

Winner Best Screenplay (Irene Gianeselli);

Nominee Best Narrative Short
Madrid Film Awards 2021
Madrid

 

Official Selection

Rome Outcast Indipendent Film Award 2021

Rome

Official Selection
Ostia International Film Festival 2021
Ostia (Rome)

Winner Best Actor (Luigi Mezzanotte)

Sipontum Arthouse International Film Festival 2021
Manfredonia

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