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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

Synopsis

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

 

Official Selection

Berlin Indie Film Festival

2022
Berlin

Semi-Finalist

Prague International Indie Film Festival 2021

Prague

Official Selection

Toronto International Women Film Festival 2021

Toronto

Best Short Film - Outstanding Achievement

Beyond the Curve International Film Festival

2021
Paris

Official Selection

New York Neorealism Film Awards

2021

Rome

Honoroble Mention

Paris Film Awards 2021

Paris

Finalist
New York International Women Festival

2021
New York

Finalist

Vesuvius International Film Fest

2021
Naples

Honorable Mention 

Best Young Director (Irene Gianeselli)

Best Cinematography (Giose Brescia)
GLIFF - Golden Lemur

2021
Lisbon

Finalist

Swedish International Film Festival

2021

Arvika

Winner Best Actor (Luigi Mezzanotte)

Sipontum Arthouse International Film Festival

2021
Manfredonia

Official Selection
Ostia International Film Festival

2021
Ostia (Rome) 

Winner Best Screenplay (Irene Gianeselli);

Nominee Best Narrative Short
Madrid Film Awards

2021
Madrid

Semi-Finalist

Sydney Indie Short Festival

2021

Sydney 

Official Selection

Premio David di Donatello

2022

Italy

Semi-Finalist

Vienna Indie Short Festival

2022

Vienna

Semi-Finalist

South Italy International Film Festival

2022

Barletta

Finalist

Europa Film Festival

2022

Barcelona

Semi-finalist

Festival del Cinema di Cefalù

2022

Cefalù (Palermo)

Official Selection

Metropolis Film Festival

2022

Milan

Official Selection

Falvaterra Film Festival

2022

Falvaterra (FR)

Official Selection

Marcello Italian Film Festival

2022 

Birmingham (UK)