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The Shortest Day: ITALIAN SHORT FILM DAY 2016



The Shortest Day: ITALIAN SHORT FILM DAY 2016

For the second time Shanghai, will observe the celebration of the winter solstice and join an array of sister cities in more than 50 countries, where in the shortest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere) a selection of distinguished short movies are screened. The first edition was organized by the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée in France in 2011, and the idea has rapidly spread around the world. In collaboration with the Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio (Italian Short Film Center) the Italian Cultural Institute and Aurora Museum propose a program of recent Italian shorts of various genres and in different formats. Fiction and animation are the key features of this year’s movies, allowing a glimpse on trends and direction in the newest Italian cinema landscape.

Eight Italian Short Films (Italian language, English subtitles) will be screened on December 18th at Aurora Museum Multi-Function Hall at 2pm (No.99 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai).

RSVP (before 17:00, 16/12/2016) :

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Beautiful (Bellissima)

2015 – 12’ – Italy – Fiction

Direction and screenplay: Alessandro Capitani

DoP: Luca Nervegna

Montage: Adriano Patruno

Sound: Vincenzo Urselli

Music: Francesco Clemente, Daniele Giannetti, Peter Vercampt

Production: Redigital Studio, Maestro Production

Distribution: Elefant Distribution

Actors: Giusy Lodi, Emanuele Vicorito, Antonio Orefice, Gennaro Cuomo


Veronica is twenty years old. She is a prisoner of her own huge body. During a party in a nightclub a boy makes fun of her. Veronica is deeply hurt: she goes to the toilet, locks the door and stays where no one can see her. But fate has in store a pleasant surprise for her...

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Bones (OSSA)

2016 – 4’ – Italy – Animation

Direction and animation: Dario Imbrogno

DoP: Giancarlo Morieri

Sound: Enrico Ascoli

Montage: Emilio Sapia

Screenplay: Carlo Cossignani

Production: Withstand, Imbrogno

Distribution: Withstand


According to Adrian Kohler, "... the very fact is that a puppet works hard for its life, which is taken for granted in the outside world. It shows us the inherent fragility of life itself and its precious temporariness." All the world is a stage. In this theater a dancer becomes aware of herself. Her dance, destructured in time and space, shows us which mechanism pulls the strings.

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2016 - 17’ – South Corea/Italy – Fiction

Direction: Giovanni Fumu

Screenplay: Giovanni Fumu, Giovanni Aloi

DoP: Hyunsuk Yang

Montage: Giovanni Fumu

Sound: Hyunsang Kim, Diego Schiavo

Production: 37th DEGREE, The SPONK studios

Distribution: Italian Short Film Center

Actors: Soonwoo Kwak, Eun U


Suburb of Seoul, early afternoon. Hidden in the privacy of a shabby love motel, Minhui and Junho, a teenager couple, have to face an important decision that could change their lives forever.

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Pandemomium (PANDEMONIO)

2015 – 3’ - Italy – Animation

Direction, screenplay, montage, animation: Valerio Spinelli

Music: Zu


Pandemonio is a kaleidoscope of monsters, animals and other strange creatures brought to life by the primitive and franzied pace of Zu's music.

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Almost Heros (QUASI EROI)

2015 – 20’ – Italy – Fiction

Direction: Giovanni Piperno

Screenplay: Giovanni Piperno, Valentina Mazzarella, Christian Benigni, Pier Paolo Piciarelli

DoP: Giovanni Piperno

Sound: Daniele de Angelis, Marco Furlani

Montage: Apolo Petrucci

Production: Kino (Giovanni Pompili)

Actors: Christian Benigni, Valentina Mazzarella, Adamo Dionisi


Christian, 21, and Valentina, 17, are together, but he is unemployed and her father isn’t too fond of him. They are expecting a baby: something that they had not planned. Now, they want to get married before can notice her growing belly.

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Bathrooms (BAGNI)

2015 - 8' – Italy - Animation

Direction: Laura Luchetti

Animation: Moonchausen

DoP: Beppe Gallo

Montage: Mauro Rossi

Production: Donkadillo, MiBACT


Lea is a chubby old lady with a large pair of glasses perched on her nose. She has worked in the same public toilets for many years. She loves her job with its tidiness and cleanliness, but more than anything else, she loves to dream.

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The Otter (LUTRA)

2016 – 4’ – Italy – Animation

Direction, screenplay, animation: Davide Merello

Sound: Paolo Armao, Vito Martinelli

Music: Thomas Traspedini

Production: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Piemonte, Animazione


A man is the victim of his own routine, living in his luxury villa like a prisoner. He does not even see the forest around. But the house itself will offer him a way to get closer to Nature.

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The Miracle (IL MIRACOLO)

2015 – 16’ – Italy – Fiction

Direction, screenplay: Serena Aragona, Honglei Bao, Fabrizio Benvenuto, Luca Cenname, Michele Leonardi, Alberto Mangiapane, Domenico Modafferi, Alain Parroni, Mariagiovanna Postorino, Mario Vitale

DoP: Francesco Di Giacomo

Sound: Antonio Casella

Montage: Filippo Montemurro, Elio Gentile

Production: Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo - Factory (Antonio Urrata)

Distribution: Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo


Assuntina lives in Reggio Calabria together with Luisella, a hen that has not been laying eggs for some time. The woman is tormented over a disagreement between her two sons, Domenico and Nicola. Every day she tries to convince the two of them to make peace with each other. Despite her efforts, there is apparently no way to sort things out. Then one day Assuntina finds on the street a consecrated wafer (in Catholic religion it means the bread transformed in the body of God). She is happy and frightened at the same time, since this could be exactly the miracle she was waiting for, the right indication as to which road to take.



Data: Dom 18 Dic 2016

Orario: Dalle 14:00 alle 16:00

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Sahnghai

In collaborazione con : Aurora Museum

Ingresso : Libero


Aurora Museum Multi-Function Hall at 2pm (No.99 Fu Cheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai)