“I’ve always had an unusual view of the cemetery; from childhood I was afraid of contamination. When I went there I held my breath”. These are Luca’s first words, before telling me that at the centre of his short film there is in fact a cemetery, the one in Patrica, in the Ciociaria area. His aversion to cemeteries ended on the day Luca gave his grandmother as last gift a ring he was very fond of. In this way he exorcised the cemetery, which became a place of reflection for him: he spent time there and got to know its visitors, until a woman captured his attention. “I was struck by her spiritual strength, she stood there like a guardian and it fascinated me”. The woman comes every day to her son’s grave, but she doesn’t stop at visiting. She watches over him, “I won’t let anyone disrespect him any more”, she tells the film director. Luca studied at the Romeur Academy and at Cineteatro, has experience on several sets and has co-directed two films. This is his third short, entirely self-produced. Ten days before shooting “Mamma racconta”, the actress cast for the role quit the project for personal reasons and Luca found himself with the set ready to go and missing the essential component. Federica turned up almost by chance, having received the script from a friend. Stefano, the lost son of the woman she was asked toplay, is the name of her late father. “My mother was born near Patrica, but I felt my father in the story, it was as if everything was connecting, a very deep feeling”. From the conjunction of this synergies comes an experimental short film, different from Luca’s previous work, and which he himself is surprised by. It is enriched by unconventional shots: “I had to edit it because this woman has so much inside her that the frame can’t contain her”.
The story has been written Anna Giurickovic Dato, writer.