by Andrea Parena
Italy 2012, 61', HD, colour
screenplay Andrea Parena, Francesca Frigo, Enrico Giovannone
cinematography Francesca Frigo
editing Enrico Giovannone
music Minus and Plus
producer Enrico Giovannone
production BabyDoc Film
with support of Piemonte Doc Film Fund
In a small southern Italian town during the heart of summer, a group of wedding party professionals go about their daily business. Mauro is a director, specialised in wedding films, Max is a worn out dj, always on the road, Nico is a musician and live singer, young Michelangelo likes to take a look into this world, but works at his family´s carwash, and Roby has created a local little Hollywood, organizing a program of wedding films in the town´s only cinema.
"From a visual standpoint, I made a choice to identify a homogeneous language throughout the narrative. The camera, almost always on a tripod, helps build the characters´ daily scenes. Sometimes the filming becomes wider, just like in a romantic wedding film, inside a cave which seems like the set of a western. Sometimes it is alienating like the cleaning of your first car with the blessing of a carwash. Other times, it is minimalist and banal like the assembling of a dj set inside a large and empty reception hall. My intention was to always give coherent and conclusive pieces of a story through a general architecture, to always offer the right kind of dignity to that which was going on around us." (Andrea Parena)
Andrea Parena (Chieri, Turin, Italy, 1977) is a graduate of DAMS in Turin. After graduation, Parena worked as a video operator and was in charge of the production of industrial and commercial films in a chemical factory. In 2005, together with Enrico Giovannone, he made a documentary Qualcosa su se stessi, about the work of director Giulio Questi. In 2007, he founded his own production company BabyDoc Film. Enrico Giovannone and he co-authored a film, Non lavorare stanca. In 2009, he was the creator, co-producer and operator of Daniele Gaglianone´s Rata Nece Biti, which was selected at Locarno, received the Special Jury Award in the Italiana.Doc section at the twenty sixth Torino Film Festival and was given the David di Donatello Award as best long form documentary. Continuing his work with Gaglianone, in 2010 he was the executive producer of Pietro. As executive producer and producer of photography, he is currently making a documentary on the TAV in Val di Susa for director Daniele Gaglianone, produced by Fandango and BabyDoc Film.