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Rita

Synopsis
Rita is ten years old and blind since birth, lives in a seaside neighbourhood of Palermo. She is stubborn, curious and feels thwarted by an overprotective dictatorial mother. The claustrophobic world of her home is suddenly breached by a mysterious presence. It's a boy on the run, wounded, terrified. The meeting between the two of them is highly enigmatic. Thanks to her mysterious new friend, or perhaps only thanks to her imagination and courage, Rita escapes from home and goes to the beach. She learns to swim and experiences a brief moment of freedom which ends when the miraculous encounter vanishes and she finds herself alone in the sea.

Film notes

How to stage the point of view of a blind girl? How to induce in the spectator a minor experience of blindness and what it might be like to overcome it?
During this short film the camera is focused on Rita, without reverse angle shots. Rita is under everyone’s gaze, the gaze of others which acts also as a controlling element, a form of surveillance. We can’t see what Rita has before her because she can’t either. For example, we see her mother’s hands flit in and out of the frame, when her mother is fussing around her, but we never see her mother. We feel the desire to see what stands before her but, for the most part of the short film, we are not granted any gratification of this desire. For Rita hearing is fundamental, and that is why the story, from her “point of view” is told through the sounds, the noises. The sounds represent what we can’t see, they evoke it, and to some extent create it. Only through an unexpected and enigmatic encounter does the staging change, because this meeting suddenly enables her to "see" and we, for the first time, are gifted with her perspective and share her vision. The film explores this brief moment of grace. Then everything goes back to normal for Rita and for us.

Related news

Rita has received a new award at Festival de Cine Italiano de Madrid. | more...
8 December 2011
Rita has received a new award at Sedicicorto: International Film Festival Forlì. | more...
10 October 2011
Rita has received a new award at Brooklyn Film Festival. | more...
14 June 2011
Rita has received a new award at Newport Beach Film Festival. | more...
20 May 2011
Rita has received a new award at Magma Short Film Festival. | more...
6 May 2011

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Awards and nominations

Best Short Film
27 Nov – 4 Dec | Slovakia
Arte Prize for European Short Film
Angers First Film Festival
22 Jan – 31 Jan | France
Diploma of Merit
Tampere Film Festival
10 Mar – 14 Mar | Finland
Best Short Film
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival
12 Mar – 20 Mar | Spain
Award for Directing
6 Apr – 11 Apr | United States
Best Use of Sound Design
23 Apr – 29 Apr | United States
Special Jury Prize - National
Arcipelago International Festival of Short Films and New Images
18 Jun – 24 Jun | Italy
Best International Short Film
16 Jun – 27 Jun | United Kingdom
Best Italian Short Film
3 Aug – 8 Aug | Italy
Special Mention - Artistic Direction
22 Aug – 29 Aug | Italy
Special Jury Mention
24 Aug – 29 Aug | Italy
Jury Mention
3 Sep – 11 Sep | France
Best Sound
International Shortfilm Festival of Bueu
6 Sep – 11 Sep | Spain
Best Short Fiction Film
Golden Boll Film Festival
20 Sep – 26 Sep | Turkey
Special Jury Mention
2 Oct – 9 Oct | Germany
Special Jury Mention - Narrative Short Film
14 Oct – 23 Oct | United Arab Emirates
Best Short Film
17 Oct – 23 Oct | Croatia
Artistic Direction Award
25 Oct – 31 Oct | Italy
Special Jury Mention - European Short Films
5 Nov – 13 Nov | Spain
Special Jury Mention
Brest European Short Film Festival
8 Nov – 14 Nov | France
Best Short Feature Film
18 Nov – 21 Nov | Russia
Best European Film
Unlimited: European Short Film Festival
23 Nov – 28 Nov | Germany
Best Short Film on Social Themes
12 Dec – 19 Dec | Italy
Special Mention
Nastri D'Argento | 2011
25 Mar – 28 Mar | Italy
Runner-up - 16 to 30 minutes
28 Mar – 1 Apr | United States
Future Shorts Prize
European Film Festival of Lille
1 Apr – 8 Apr | France
Special Jury Prize
European Film Festival of Lille
1 Apr – 8 Apr | France
Best Short Film
6 Apr – 13 Apr | United States
Best Film - Youth Jury
12 Apr – 17 Apr | Germany
Special Jury Mention
12 Apr – 17 Apr | Germany
Highly Commended - International
28 Apr – 2 May | New Zealand
Outstanding Achievement in Short Filmmaking
28 Apr – 5 May | United States
Best Narrative Short Film
3 Jun – 12 Jun | United States
Best International Short Film
Lume International Film Festival | 2011
14 Jul – 23 Jul | Brazil
Best Drama Short Film
16 Sep – 18 Sep | United States
Director's Choice
6 Feb – 31 Mar | United States
Special Mention
Sedicicorto: International Film Festival Forlì
3 Oct – 9 Oct | Italy
Best Short Film
24 Nov – 1 Dec | Spain
Award of Excellence - Disability Issues
The Accolade Competition | 2011
1 Jan – 31 Dec | United States

Previous screenings

2009
27 Nov – 4 Dec | Bratislava, Slovakia
Best Short Film
2010
Angers First Film Festival
22 Jan – 31 Jan | Angers, France
Arte Prize for European Short Film
27 Jan – 7 Feb | Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tampere Film Festival
10 Mar – 14 Mar | Tampere, Finland
Diploma of Merit
Ankara International Film Festival
11 Mar – 21 Mar | Ankara, Turkey
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival
12 Mar – 20 Mar | Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Best Short Film
17 Mar – 27 Mar | Cape Town & Stellenbosch, South Africa
6 Apr – 11 Apr | Aspen, United States
Award for Directing
Mecal: International Short Film Festival of Barcelona
9 Apr – 18 Apr | Barcelona, Spain
23 Apr – 29 Apr | Athens, United States
Best Use of Sound Design
Busan International Short Film Festival
12 May – 16 May | Busan, Korea, South
International Critics' Week
13 May – 21 May | Cannes, France
Curtocircuíto: International Short Film Festival
23 May – 30 May | Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Hamburg International Short Film Festival
1 Jun – 7 Jun | Hamburg, Germany
1 Jun – 4 Jun | Tenerife, Spain
Film Festival
3 Jun – 6 Jun | Strovolos, Cyprus
16 Jun – 27 Jun | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Best International Short Film
17 Jun – 23 Jun | Munich, Germany
17 Jun – 27 Jun | Los Angeles, United States
Arcipelago International Festival of Short Films and New Images
18 Jun – 24 Jun | Rome, Italy
Special Jury Prize - National
Cinema Jove: International Film Festival of Valencia
19 Jun – 26 Jun | Valencia, Spain
22 Jul – 1 Aug | Wroclaw, Poland
23 Jul – 31 Jul | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Guanajuato International Film Festival
23 Jul – 1 Aug | San Miguel de Allende & Guanajuato Capital, Mexico
3 Aug – 8 Aug | Casacalenda, Italy
Best Italian Short Film
6 Aug – 8 Aug | Seattle, United States
22 Aug – 29 Aug | Pontenure, Italy
Special Mention - Artistic Direction
23 Aug – 29 Aug | Melbourne, Australia
24 Aug – 29 Aug | Conversano, Italy
Special Jury Mention
3 Sep – 12 Sep | Tricase, Italy
3 Sep – 11 Sep | Nancy, France
Jury Mention
International Shortfilm Festival of Bueu
6 Sep – 11 Sep | Bueu, Spain
Best Sound
10 Sep – 19 Sep | Milano, Italy
16 Sep – 26 Sep | Cambridge, United Kingdom
Golden Boll Film Festival
20 Sep – 26 Sep | Adana, Turkey
Best Short Fiction Film
24 Sep – 3 Oct | Calgary, Canada
Clearwater Film and Music Festival
29 Sep – 3 Oct | Clearwater, United States
30 Sep – 3 Oct | Siena, Italy
30 Sep – 3 Oct | Thessaloniki, Greece
2 Oct – 9 Oct | Eberswalde, Germany
Special Jury Mention
7 Oct – 21 Oct | Chicago, United States
14 Oct – 23 Oct | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Special Jury Mention - Narrative Short Film
17 Oct – 23 Oct | Zagreb, Croatia
Best Short Film
19 Oct – 24 Oct | Santa Fe, United States
22 Oct – 24 Oct | Wichita, United States
25 Oct – 28 Oct | Broadstairs, United Kingdom
25 Oct – 31 Oct | Bergamo, Italy
Artistic Direction Award
3 Nov – 14 Nov | Denver, United States
4 Nov – 21 Nov | Leeds, United Kingdom
5 Nov – 13 Nov | Madrid, Spain
Special Jury Mention - European Short Films
7 Nov – 14 Nov | Cork, Ireland
Istanbul International Short Film Festival
8 Nov – 14 Nov | Istanbul, Turkey
Brest European Short Film Festival
8 Nov – 14 Nov | Brest, France
Special Jury Mention
Ljubljana Film Festival
10 Nov – 21 Nov | Ljubljana, Slovenia
11 Nov – 21 Nov | St. Louis, United States
L'Alternativa: Barcelona Independent Film Festival
12 Nov – 20 Nov | Barcelona, Spain
12 Nov – 21 Nov | Wiesbaden, Germany
12 Nov – 20 Nov | Miami, United States
15 Nov – 20 Nov | Salerno, Italy
18 Nov – 21 Nov | Moscow, Russia
Best Short Feature Film
Unlimited: European Short Film Festival
23 Nov – 28 Nov | Köln/Cologne, Germany
Best European Film
25 Nov – 28 Nov | Warsaw, Poland
Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
11 Dec – 18 Dec | Pyrgos, Greece
12 Dec – 19 Dec | Ancona, Italy
Best Short Film on Social Themes
2011
The Accolade Competition
1 Jan – 31 Dec | La Jolla, United States
Award of Excellence - Disability Issues
20 Jan – 26 Jan | Trieste, Italy
21 Jan – 27 Jan | Park City, United States
6 Feb – 31 Mar | Jersey City, United States
Director's Choice
4 Mar – 13 Mar | Byron Bay, Australia
Minimalen Short Film Festival
16 Mar – 20 Mar | Trondheim, Norway
25 Mar – 27 Mar | Paris, France
Nastri D'Argento
25 Mar – 28 Mar | Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Special Mention
28 Mar – 1 Apr | Elgin, United States
Runner-up - 16 to 30 minutes
Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival
30 Mar – 3 Apr | Belgrade, Serbia
European Film Festival of Lille
1 Apr – 8 Apr | Lille, France
Special Jury Prize
Future Shorts Prize
1 Apr – 10 Apr | London, United Kingdom
6 Apr – 13 Apr | Miami Beach, United States
Best Short Film
6 Apr – 10 Apr | Tallahassee, United States
7 Apr – 17 Apr | Sarasota, United States
8 Apr – 17 Apr | Riverside, United States
12 Apr – 17 Apr | Dresden, Germany
Best Film - Youth Jury
Special Jury Mention
20 Apr | Los Angeles, United States
27 Apr – 2 May | London, United Kingdom
28 Apr – 5 May | Newport Beach, United States
Outstanding Achievement in Short Filmmaking
28 Apr – 2 May | Rotorua, New Zealand
Highly Commended - International
5 May – 8 May | Baltimore, United States
31 May – 5 Jun | Toronto, Canada
3 Jun – 12 Jun | Brooklyn, United States
Best Narrative Short Film
Mediterranean Film Festival Split
11 Jun – 18 Jun | Split, Croatia
In the Palace: International Short Film Festival
18 Jun – 25 Jun | Balchik, Bulgaria
20 Jun – 26 Jun | Palermo, Italy
Lume International Film Festival
14 Jul – 23 Jul | São Luis, Brazil
Best International Short Film
11 Aug – 28 Aug | New York City, United States
11 Aug – 18 Aug | Hollywood, United States
World Music and Independent Film Festival
15 Aug – 19 Aug | Washington DC, United States
17 Aug – 19 Aug | Margherita di Savoia, Italy
Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou
20 Aug – 27 Aug | Gindou, France
16 Sep – 18 Sep | Springfield, United States
Best Drama Short Film
Sedicicorto: International Film Festival Forlì
3 Oct – 9 Oct | Forlì, Italy
Special Mention
AbilityFest: India International Disability Film Festival
10 Oct – 13 Oct | Chennai, India
16 Nov – 20 Nov | Bristol, United Kingdom
24 Nov – 1 Dec | Madrid, Spain
Best Short Film
2012
23 Feb – 1 Mar | New Delhi, India
1 Jun – 2 Jun | Salt Lake City, United States
6 Sep – 14 Sep | Mexico
20 Nov – 25 Nov | Bucharest, Romania

Latest user comments

A great film with a great ending ;)
Congratulations!
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20 Jul 2010 | Cristian Guijarro | Spain
I saw this film at Premiers Plans - Beautiful!
17 Jul 2010 | Rowland Jobson | United Kingdom

Latest press reviews/articles

ARTICLE
“... we like to evoke the very notable Rita, a short film by Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia (...). Marta / Rita in the waves of the sea with the same awe that was of Pinocchio: fleeing from the whale of the Real, swimming towards the land of diversity. ...”
29 Jun 2011 | Francesco Puma | I Quaderni de L'Ora
REVIEW
“... Strong on symbolism and extremely dark, after some severe thinking I’ve realised that this was one of my faves. ...”
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
4 Apr 2011 | Cross Culture
REVIEW
“... Rivelazione del 2010, non a caso è stato il corto italiano più premiato. ...”
24 Mar 2011 | Alessandra Sutto | The Lost Innocence
REVIEW
“... With its strikingly beautiful concept and pure talent in storytelling, Rita is a must-see ...”
19 Oct 2010 | Maximilien Van Aertryck | Nisimazine
REVIEW
“... This is a synaesthetically stunning short, a powerfully constructed and artful film. ...”
Rating: 5 stars
25 Jun 2010 | Andrew Robertson | eyeforfilm.co.uk

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