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Cowboys by name, assholes by nature
A spaghetti western seasoned with shit, blood, sex, money, teeth, teddy bears, flies, beans gone bad and a bullet here and there.
Directed by Luca Franco and Saba Salvemini
A production of Areté Ensemble, TIEFILM e Zerottanta Produzioni
PartnersResExtensa (Ba),Explorer (Ba), Associazione culturale Dionisio (Ge), Comune di Poggiorsini (Ba), APFC – Apulia Film Commission (Ba), Parco Nazionale dell’Alta Murgia (Ba), Apulia Film Commission (Ba), Liguria Film Commission (Ge). Project selected for the Apulia National Film Fund 2012.
Six horrible and desperate individuals, unkown to eachother, whose lives meet in a torrid day in an arid desert of the West, united in a common destiny.
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W.C. – Western Closet is a western short film written and directed by Luca Franco and Saba Salvemini shoot in Puglia (Italy) in 2012 in the National Park of Alta Murgia.
“W.C. – Western Closet” tells the story about some strange and desperate individuals whose lives meet in a torrid day in an arid desert of the West. A thirsty and hungry lost cowboy lost in the desert. A peasant woman that lives alone with the memory of her dead husband. A fool who’s morbidly attached to an old teddy bear. A good bad guy, but bad, but also good. A jealous whore looking for revenge. A lonely and horny sheriff. Their walk, their stupidity and a series of unfortunate events lead them to get to know each other, collide, hate, love and in the and kill each other.
A short film about human stupidity, brutality, misfortune and that bond that unites us all: chance… and about our common destiny: death. A tragic comic dance about human condition.
This project, a part from our artistic and personal motives, also wants to be an homage to the grand second class italian western cinema during the seventies and to its masters such as Enzo Barboni, Sergio Corbucci and many others.
Producer of the shortfilm are Areté Ensemble, TIEFILM and Zerottanta Produzioni. Areté Ensemble is an italian (Bari) based production company consisting of Saba Salvemini and Annika Strøhm that collaborates with TIEFILM (Luca Franco) and Zerottanta Produzioni (Ermes Di Salvia and Annagiulia D’Onghia). We write, shoot, direct, edit and act in our theatre and movies productions.
In 2011 we produced a 10-minute film entitled “Il compleanno di Sofia/Sofia’s birthday” shooted in Oslo, Norway. It won:PRIZE “BEST SHORTFILM” Genova Film Festival (Obiettivo Liguria)(Ita); PRIZE “BEST SHORTFILM” FuoridelComune Festival (Ita); PRIZE “BEST ACTRESS” PiemonteMovieFestival (Ita); PRIZE “BEST SOUND” Wordless Film Festival (Ita). Presented at BiF&est Festival di Bari “Sez. Cinema e Puglia” (Ita)– “Schermi Irregolari 2011″ (Ita) – Festival del Cinema Europeo – Puglia Show (Ita) – Skepto Film Festival (Ita) – Fuori del Comune Film Festival (Ita), Foggia Film Festival (Ita), Trani Film Festival (Ita), International Short Film Festival Detmold (Ger), David di Donatello (Ita), Acquedolci Indipendent Film Festival-AIFF (Ita), Lago Film Festival, Siff (Ita), Salento International Film Festival (Ita), Pentedattilo Film Festival (Ita). Registered in the ShortFilm Corner 2011 – Cannes (Fra) – Marché du Court Métrage – Clermont-Ferrand 2012 (Fra). Registered in the Anica Catalogue 2011 (Catalogue of Italian Short Film Production).
CAST & CREDITS
DIRECTED BY Luca Franco and Saba Salvemini.
PRODUCERS: Areté Ensemble, TIEFilm, Zerottanta.
STARRING: Massimiliano Caretta, Michele Cipriani, Francesca Montanaro, Davide Paganini, Saba Salvemini, Annika Strøhm, Alfredo Utech.
LINE PRODUCER: Anna Giulia D’Onghia.
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: Marzio Mirabella.
CAMERA ASSISTANT: Lucio Basadonne.
DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT: Ermes Di Salvia
SOUND RECORDIST – BOOM OPERATOR: Vincenzo Urselli.
MAKEUP ARTIST: Arianna Lumare.
PRODUCTION DESIGNERS: Marta Marrone, Vito Sabini.
VISUAL EFFECTS: Carlo Macchiavello.
COSTUME DESIGNER: Alessandro Osemont.
SET COSTUMER: Franco Colamorea.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Ignazio Di Mauro
HORSE TRAINER – STUNTMAN: Nicola Ragusa
PRESS AGENT: Carlo Coppola
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