Competition Programme

STELLA MARIS

France | 2014

Giacomo Abbruzzese

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Director:
Giacomo Abbruzzese

Screenplay:
Giacomo Abbruzzese   

Director of photography:
Guillaume Brault

Film Editing:
Marco Rizzo

Producer:
Sébastien Hussenot

Production Company:
LA Luna Productions

Cast:
Federico Pacifici,
Bruno Soriato,
Guendalina Cardea,
Angelo Lo Sasso,
Angelo Milano

Duration:
27′

Synopsis

A lost Italian village by the Mediterranean Sea. The annual fair. All the locals gather on the beach waiting for the arrival by sea of a traditional illuminated statue, the Stella Maris. This is a story of a craftsman and his daughter, a one-eyed mayor, fireworks as weapons and street art as revolution.

 

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Director's Biography

Giacomo Abbruzzese

Born in 1983 in Taranto, Southern Italy. A graduate of Le Fresnoy, his short films Archipelago and Fireworks have been screened at many international festivals including Oberhausen, Viennale, Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Indielisboa, Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Leeds, Dubai. They were presented at the Cinémathèque française in Paris, in museums like the Macro in Rome or the MuCEM in Marseille, and were broadcast on televisions in three different countries (France 3, Sky Art, SVT). He received many awards including the Best Short Film at the Torino Film Festival and a mention within the Italian critics’ Nastri d’Argento for Best Short Film Director. In 2012, he was an artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and was invited for the Berlinale Talents. In 2013, he was selected by the Cannes Film Festival for the Cinéfondation Residence to develop his first feature film.