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Il Posto Vuoto

In a fairy-like and magic forest, a young giant loses his most important thing: a little girl who lived inside an old hollow tree. Obsessed with her absence, the giant makes the wish to become as small as a dwarf to fill the empty place left in the tree where once stood the little girl.

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“Il Posto Vuoto” was born from my passion for the fantastic and fairy-tale type of narrative. My desire was to take on a melancholic and grotesque story, heavily influenced by classic fables by Brothers Grimm & Perrault, using environments and characters typical of those stories - through the use of elements such as the woods, giants and dwarves. My aim was to bring back the taste & flavour of the old illustrated storybooks, letting the viewer in a poetic, enchanted fantasy where everything goes back to distant, forgotten places. Places often visited by a child before he falls asleep. An extended dream, which tends to require more emotional involvement, demanding an active participation from the viewer's side – as for an illustration of one’s favorite fairy tale. The result is a film whose suggestions provoke the ability to find the ultimate true meaning of the narration, dusting off a world made up of forgotten places and helpless characters, a vehicle to help rediscover - through irony and melancholy - a faded childhood.

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Copyright © 2007 Paolo Gaudio

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Previous screenings

2007
16 May – 26 May | Cannes, France
Short Films - Rome Film Fest
13 Oct – 21 Oct | Rome, Italy
2008
New York International Independent Film and Video Festival | 2008
28 Feb – 6 Mar | New York, United States
16 May – 17 May | Cuveglio, Italy
La Cittadella del Corto: Festival Internazionale del Corto di Fiction | 2008
28 May – 1 Jun | Trevignano, Italy
28 Jun – 30 Jun | Sassari, Italy
29 Jul – 10 Aug | Porto Alegre, Brazil
11 Sep – 15 Sep | Sapporo, Japan
12 Sep – 21 Sep | Milano, Italy
WT Os International Film Festival
5 Nov – 9 Nov | Os, Norway
2009
Calaveras Film Festival | 2009
29 May – 31 May | Murphys, United States
24 Sep – 3 Oct | Milan, Italy
2010
19 Mar – 21 Mar | Orvieto, Italy

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Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 28 Jun 2010