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19.03, - 13:30, Cinema House
20.03, - 13:30, Lumiere
Director:  Michelangelo Frammartino
Cinematography:  Mario Miccoli
Screenplay:  Michelangelo Frammartino
Producer:  Letizia Dradi
Cast:  Angelo Frammartino , Gabriella Maiolo
Production:  Santamaria Produzioni/Coop CA.RI.NA.
International distribution:  The Coproduction Office
European Screen
Agnes and His Brothers
Feathers in My Head
Honey Baby
Look at Me
My Summer of Love
No Rest for the Brave
Old Women
Our Own
Sophie Scholl Hope and Resistance
The Arm of Jesus
The Gift
The Ninth Day
Up and Down

Italy, 2003, 80 min, color
Awards:  Thessaloniki 2003 - "Silver Alexander"

The surprising debut The Gift is set in the countryside of Calabria, which is decimated by a mass exodus. Respectful, occasionally humorous, without drama or many liberties taken with reality, Frammartino points his camera at those who stayed behind. The Gift is a story without dialogue, about an old man waiting for the end with anti-modern apathy in his lonely cottage below an old town, halfway up a mountain. A mentally handicapped girl, who people think is possessed by evil spirits, gives her body not to supernatural entities but to drivers who give her a lift back up the mountain. Boys who help the old man bury a dead dog forget a mobile and a dirty picture: the phone rings, but the man isnt really interested for long. Its an object as pointless as the broken-down car by the road or the stranded fishing boat on the coast. A football bounces down the hillside. Theres no one to stop it. The landscape remains impressive and indifferent.

Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino was born in Milan in 1968. He studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, where he also took his first steps in film and video. Besides his film work, he has also done several video installations, including La casa delle belle addormentate (1997), inspired by the work of Japanese writer Yasnari Kawabata, and Film (1998), conceived as a tribute to Samuel Beckett. The Gift is his first feature film.
2004  The Gift
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