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Agadah

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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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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Holy Terrors

Six Weird Tales by Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a writer and journalist. Born in Caerleon on Usk, South Wales, he is most widely remembered today as the author of The Bowmen, which gave rise to the legend of the Angels of Mons. Machen’s other fiction, novels and short stories are fantastic and surreal, playing most often around the edge where the familiar world may suddenly fall into abeyance. His non-fiction works include literary criticism, cultural history and spiritual polemic, all of which justify his memory as the apostle of wonder’

 

 

Mark Goodall: Director
Julian Butler: Director
Mark Goodall: Producer
Julian Butler: Producer
Joyce Branagh: Key Cast
Tim Greenwood: Key Cast
Lloyd Peters: Key Cast
Jon Preece: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Feature
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural, Ghost Stories
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes 27 seconds
Completion Date: April 30, 2017
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Country of Filming: United Kingdom
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Black & White and Color

 

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