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Based on the novel “Manuscript found in Saragosse” of Jan Potocki.

Un viaggio da Bitonto a Napoli fuori dalle rotte più comuni. Come è fuori dagli schemi e controcorrente il film di Rondalli, che si svolge in un’Alta Murgia popolata da briganti, zingari, forche, cabalisti e demoni. Se Matteo Garrone si era cimentato con l’opera di Giambattista Basile, Rondalli si è spinto oltre, partendo da Il manoscritto trovato a Saragozza del nobile polacco Jan Potocki. Il conte dedicò a questa complessa opera buona parte della vita, prima di suicidarsi, nel 1815. Difficile anche solo accennare ai vari livelli del film, tra sogno, fantasy ed esoterismo. Rondalli comunque ha “ridotto” le sessantasei giornate del romanzo, ambientate in Spagna, in dieci giorni nell’Alta Murgia, e la definizione di Decamerone nero o gotico è perfetta. Il film comincia con il conte polacco che scrive e medita il suicidio. Poi si passa al 1734, all’indomani della battaglia di Bitonto. Alfonso van Worden, un giovane ufficiale vallone, deve raggiungere il suo reggimento a Napoli. Si mette in cammino, nonostante il suo servitore cerchi di dissuarderlo dall’attraversare l’altopiano delle Murge. Il seguito è un intreccio fantastico tra sogno e realtà. Un percorso iniziatico per Alfonso, tra allucinazioni, magia, caverne, locande malfamate, apparizioni diaboliche e amori scabrosi.

 

 

Alberto Rondalli: Director
Alberto Rondalli: Writer
Ramo Spa: Producer
Nahuel Perez Biscayart: Key Cast “Alfonso”
Alessio Boni: Key Cast “Pietro da Oria”
Valentina Cervi: Key Cast “Ines”

 

Film Type: Feature
Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
Completion Date: December 1, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language:  Italian, French, Spanish
Shooting Format: Alexa
Film Color: Color

 

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Vestitio

In a not too distant future, there has been a world-wide dictatorship that automatically defines “The System”. The power grip of this structure has been so well orchestrated and implemented that the same population does not appear to experience the bond of slavery for which it has been reduced. In such a context, contingent contingents of rebels try to oppose the appalling vice of the System. Our story takes hold of the moment when the rebel leader chooses to deliver himself spontaneously in the opponent’s arms, knowing to go to the first “Public Rieducation”, or a brainwash in the public square.

 

LUCA TARTAGLIA: Director
MORRIS BRAGAZZI: Writer
LUCA TARTAGLIA: Writer
LUCA TARTAGLIA: Producer
EMANUELE POTITO: Producer
SERGIO LEONE: Key Cast
LORIS FABIANI: Key Cast
VINCENZO ZAMPA: Key Cast
MANUEL MUCCIO: DOP
ELISA CASERINI: MAKE UP
EQUAL DESIGN: CGI
STEFANO FORMENTINI: COSTUMI
GUIDO STYLE: SOUNDTRACK

 

Film Type: Short
Runtime: 16 minutes 9 seconds
Completion Date: January 25, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language: Italian
Shooting Format: DIGITAL
Film Color: Color

 

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METANOIA, METANOIA

A young woman experiences strange, mysterious phenomena in New York City after discovering three chests in the woods. An ode to classic Italian fantastique horror.

 

Joshua Alexander Matteo: Director
Joshua Alexander Matteo: Writer
Joshua Alexander Matteo: Producer
Maria Jose: Key Cast
Massima Desire: Key Cast
Mars Hobrecker: Key Cast
Untitled Queen: Key Cast
Alec Bandzes: Key Cast
B.D. Rosa: Music
Adam Powers: Editor and Sound
Benjamin Boyles (TinyTiger Media): Director of Photography

 

Film Type: Short
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Fairy Tale
Runtime: 15 minutes
Completion Date: August 14, 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color

 

Director Statement:
METANOIA, METANOIA was originally written without any esoteric research or themes. My mission was simply to make an Italian style fantasy thriller, in the style of Dario Argento’s Inferno. After doing a bit of esoteric research, I discovered Gnosticism. I found that the myths and the themes of the Gnostics fit in eerily perfectly with my film. It truly was divine inspiration. The film was delayed, and I embarked on a 4-month deep research journey. The plot was relatively the same as the first script, but now with more meat and soul. It excited, frightened, and moved me to see how perfectly it fit-almost as if the spirits were calling upon me to make this film. Although the film remains esoteric and the riddles and mysteries are not concretely explained, all Gnostic figures and themes are accurately depicted in the film. The antiques in the film are all certified true Gnostic antiques, some of them 1700 years old. It was a joy to become forever inspired by Gnosticism and I truly believe the spirits touched this film. I hope the magic is tangible to you, the viewer. Please enjoy the dream that is METANOIA, METANOIA and perhaps you can figure out the mystery.
xx
Joshua Alexander Matteo

 

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To Help the Human Eye

In the early 20th century, a series of gnostic spells cast in India fall on a Spanish priest, destroying both his honor and his life and cursing forever his descendants. Almost a century later, his great-grandson –a priest himself–, haunted by this curse, will be forced to run away from a village, then from the city, and will eventually end up in an underwater cathedral, down in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Wizards, thugs, insects, archons, and Satan himself are some of the ominous characters he will have to face to survive his evangelizing adventure.

 

 

Velasco Broca: Director
Julián Génisson: Director
Julián Génisson: Writer
Velasco Broca: Writer
Lorena Iglesias: Writer
Luis Cerveró: Producer
Ignacio Martín de la Cruz: Producer
Enrique P. Vergara: Producer
Julián Génisson: Key Cast
Ramón Churruca: Key Cast
Nacho Vera: Key Cast
Andrés Gertrudix: Key Cast
Nacho Vigalondo: Key Cast
Esperanza Palacios: Key Cast
Carmen Escalante: Key Cast
Isabel M. Delgado: Key Cast
Daniel Terroba: Key Cast
Alejandro Maestro: Key Cast
Carmen Sánchez-Vergara: Key Cast
Pilar Fernández: Key Cast
Lorena Iglesias: Key Cast
Salvador Boluda: Key Cast
Chema García: Key Cast
Guillermo Llansó: Key Cast
Aaron Rux: Key Cast
Claudia Soto: Key Cast
Yolanda Sola: Key Cast
Javier Botet: Key Cast
Carmen Gómez: Key Cast
Miguel Vidal: Key Cast
Velasco Broca: Key Cast
Joe Crepúsculo: Key Cast
Bárbara Mingo: Key Cast
Beatriz Lobo: Key Cast
Juan Antonio Herreruela: Key Cast
Satish Kumar: Key Cast
Black Baba: Key Cast

 

Project Title (Original Language): Ayudar al ojo humano
Film Type: Feature
Genres: Drama, Sci-fi, Comedy, Mystery, Fantastic, Experimental
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Completion Date: November 1, 2017
Country of Origin: Spain
Country of Filming: India, Spain
Film Language: Spanish
Shooting Format: Digital, 16mm
Film Color: Black & White and Color

 

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