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The Shortest Day

Date:

12/21/2018


The Shortest Day

Some like it short! On the occasion of the shortest day of the year, join us on December 21st for an entertaining evening of quirky, amusing and insightful short films representing some of the best emerging talents of Italian cinema.

Multiple topics are touched in this year's selection, ranging from opera to workers’ rights, from migration to the quest for happiness. The lineup includes winners of the most prestigious awards and festivals from around the world – including Italy’s 2018 submission to the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short.

Various directors
Total running time: 75 min
Shorts in Italian with English subtitles

 

in collaboration with

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LOCATION
 

Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven St NW
Washington, DC 20008

 

Please Note

REGISTRATION & PHOTO ID REQUIRED

DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES PRIOR EVENT START-TIME

Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time. Ticket availability date subject to change.

RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH EVENTBRITE. NO PHONE OR EMAIL RSVP AVAILABLE

 

 

 

2018 SHORTS SELECTION:

 

 01 carmen

Carmen

Directed by Giuseppe Cardaci

Running Time - 06:59

Outside an audition room, a group of hopeful actresses is waiting for their turn to an audience for the lead role of the iconic opera Carmen. One of them in particular, Carmen Frasquita, is about to face the challenge of her life while the judges are going to see a performance never seen before.

 02 respiro

Respiro (Breath)

Directed by Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi

Running Time - 07:35

When a Syrian refugee has to cross the Italian border, she discovers that just one thing can save her: her breath.

 03 lagiornata

La Giornata (Day Labor)

Directed by Pippo Mezzapesa

Running Time - 11:36

Paola Clemente, a 49-years old laborer from Puglia, died of fatigue on the 13th of July 2015. Her story is told through facts and words of the enquiry to the gangmasters that exploited her and by the voices of women travelling on the bus that takes them to the field-work.

 04 confino

Confino (Confined)

Directed by Nico Bonomolo

Running Time - 11:07

Sicily, fascist period. A shadow show performer is confined in an island with a lighthouse because during one of his show he uses his art to make fun of Mussolini. A fortuitous event along with his art will redeem him from loneliness and captivity.

 05 sinuaria

Sinuaria

Directed by Roberto Carta

Running Time - 15:23

Michele Murtas is a young man imprisoned in the Asinara’s penitentiary at the end of the 70s. Michele is a talented hairdresser, which means he is very much liked by the wives of the prison guards and of the local officials. When he is offered parole for good behavior, turmoil is unleashed in the island’s quiet life.

 06 pazzobella

Pazzo & Bella

Directed by Marcello Di Noto

Running Time - 16:31

Pazzo is a middle-aged man in a makeshift wheelchair who owns a small gas station with his attractive, alcoholic wife. Both have buckets of character, with very little prospects. Offered a large sum of money by a local mobster to kill a man, Bella is prepared for anything to break up the monotony of their life.

 
 07 elvis  

Elvis

Directed by Andrea Della Monica

Running Time - 06:30

Employee in a warehouse by day, Elvis impersonator by night. Sandro's performance at a nightclub makes such a big impression, that a questionable manager offers him to tour China together. Torn between the dream of a lifetime and a suffocating mother, Sandro will have to face the most difficult thing for him: making a choice.

 

 

Information

Date: Friday, December 21, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Washington

Entrance : Free


Location:

Embassy of Italy

1036