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Volti

Riccardo, a boy of ten with Down syndrome, has one burning passion: the theatre. He lives in a backwater town, home to a small theatre company complete with Director, a noble inheritor of the small-town venue, and Mr. De Angelis, officially usher yet essentially jack-of-all-trades who regularly proposes the performances of the talented young actor, Mattia. The youthful Riccardo sneaks into the theatre every afternoon, with the complicity of Mr. De Angelis, to witness his favourite actor, Mattia, in the flesh as he prepares for a show inspired by French actor and mime artist, Marcel Marceau. Mattia is the holder of a big secret, hidden from nearly everyone in the small town, the Director and the young Riccardo. The only one with any inkling is Mr. De Angelis.

Film notes

The goal of "Volti", both direct and raw, is that of reflecting on issues of integration processes with the '"other", proposing an attempt to reflect on denied, yet necessary, moral processes, in order to arrive at a recognition of the "other".
The "otherness" specifically treated in the film is that of disability. The work thus proposes itself as an investigation of those integration mechanisms that may develop within the relationship between the able-bodied and the disabled, aiming to engage in reflection on the obstacles that may prevent integration as a concrete reality.
Such integration is, in this case, based on the weak boundary between ability/inability. It is for this reason, I believe, that the integration of the able-bodied and those with disabilities is, above all, a cultural and moral process. In recognizing the skills of others, the tangible proof of the instability of a boundary relating to the assumed unique ability of the able-bodied is borne out which, in turn, generates a real bias that prevents de facto relationships with the '"other".

I believe both human and existential potential must be cultivated with honesty. Rather than considering those with disabilities as exclusively representing an existence with evidence of a condition, we should perhaps feel a moral duty not to deny such conditions, maintaining a "reality principle" as well as recognizing untapped potential, the potential indiscriminately characterizing every life, every being: the human race itself.
It is the moral consideration of potential, of the existing concealed capacity of the individual with disabilities, and people in a general sense, which could shape real moral foundations and cultural integration.

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Copyright © 2013 Antonio De Palo

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Previous screenings

2013
25 Sep – 28 Sep | San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy
28 Sep – 29 Sep | Charleston, United States
2 Oct – 6 Oct | Ferizaj, Kosovo
3 Oct – 6 Oct | Colorado Springs, United States
22 Oct – 26 Oct | Bar, Montenegro
Prvi Kadar: First Shot Film Festival | 2013
28 Oct – 31 Oct | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Steps: International Human Rights Film Festival
1 Nov – 6 Nov | Kharkiv, Ukraine
Fenaco: International Short Film Festival
13 Nov – 16 Nov | Cusco, Peru
Malatya International Film Festival
15 Nov – 21 Nov | Malatya, Turkey
Asti Film Festival | 2013
6 Dec – 21 Dec | Asti, Italy
15th Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio Scrittura e Immagine | 2013
10 Dec – 13 Dec | Pescara, Italy
2014
Festival Mundial de Cine Extremo "San Sebastian Veracruz" | 2014
20 Jan – 24 Jan | Veracruz, Mexico
11 Feb – 16 Feb | Thrissur, India
14 Feb – 15 Feb | Grand Junction, United States
18 Feb – 23 Feb | Carbondale, United States
21 Feb – 23 Feb | Johannesburg, South Africa
21 Feb – 23 Feb | Green Bay, United States
27 Feb – 2 Mar | Richmond, United States
International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh
1 Mar – 7 Mar | Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Barisal, Khulna, Bangladesh
5 Mar – 9 Mar | San Luis Obispo, United States
27 Mar – 30 Mar | Cluj-Napoca, Romania
29 Mar – 5 Apr | Tetuan, Morocco
Festival del Cinema Indipendente di Foggia | 2014
29 Mar – 5 Apr | Foggia, Italy
9 Apr – 13 Apr | Charleston, United States
Videomaker Film Festival | 2014
22 Apr – 25 Apr | Casalnuovo di Napolo, Italy
23 Apr – 30 Apr | Catania, Italy
すかがわ国際短編映画祭 | 2014
10 May – 11 May | Sukagawa, Japan
21 May – 24 May | Tetovo, Macedonia
Tetova International Film Festival Oda | 2014
26 May – 31 May | Tetova, Macedonia
29 May – 5 Jun | New York City, United States
1 Jun – 9 Jun | Italy
17 Jun – 21 Jun | Sardane, Albania
17 Jun – 21 Jun | Erice, Italy
International Festival of Local Televisions
18 Jun – 21 Jun | Košice, Slovakia
27 Jun – 29 Jun | Frederick, United States
9 Jul – 17 Jul | Bellmore, Long Island, United States
11 Jul – 12 Jul | Asheville, United States
12 Jul – 20 Jul | Sopot, Poland
Athens International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo
14 Jul – 20 Jul | Athens, Greece
Short and Culture: Short Film Festival
23 Jul – 26 Jul | Manfredonia, Italy
24 Jul – 30 Jul | Patmos, Greece
18 Aug – 23 Aug | Klopeiner See, Austria
Indifferenti Concorso Per Cortometraggi | 2014
20 Aug – 25 Aug | Trani, Italy
20 Aug – 24 Aug | Thessaloniki, Greece
21 Aug – 23 Aug | Bovino, Italy
28 Aug – 1 Sep | Gwangju, Korea, South
28 Aug – 14 Sep | London, United Kingdom
1 Sep – 31 Oct | Leeds, United Kingdom
El Samán Festicine Video Imagen | 2014
4 Sep – 7 Sep | Viterbo de Caldas, Colombia
Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema
5 Sep – 11 Sep | Kazan, Russia
36th Semana Internacional de Cine de Autor de Lugo | 2014
15 Sep – 20 Sep | Logo, Spain
18 Sep – 21 Sep | Cincinnati, United States
Film Festival Size this Day with Me | 2014
22 Sep – 28 Sep | Novi Sad, Serbia
4 Oct – 11 Oct | Avondale, Zimbabwe
9 Oct – 11 Oct | Louisville, United States
11 Oct – 12 Oct | Danville, United States
17 Oct – 19 Oct | Grundarfjörður, Iceland
17 Oct – 20 Nov | Carchi, Ibambura, Pichincha, Ecuador
Festival Internacional de Cine de Villavicencio | 2014
21 Oct – 25 Oct | Villavicencio, Colombia
21 Oct – 26 Oct | Lugano, Switzerland
22 Oct – 26 Oct | Orlando, United States
31 Oct | Medea, Italy
13 Nov – 14 Nov | Bolzano, Italy
Cinemafest | 2014
14 Nov – 23 Nov | San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Cinethica: Energia Diversamente Rinnovabile | 2014
18 Nov – 25 Nov | Bari, Italy
24 Nov – 27 Nov | Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 Nov – 29 Nov | Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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