THE LAST STEP OF AN ACROBAT
L'ULTIMO PASSO DI UN'ACROBATA
Documentary, Experimental, Short, Experimental
THE LAST STEP OF AN ACROBAT "We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown". (T.S.Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock) This film appeared to us, as it unfolded almost by itself, day after day while shooting, as a mythical fairy-tale about dead sea creatures and the desire to fly - Death and Flight, that cannot exist without one another. Like a dream, it is based on a series of interconnected visions, longings and forebodings that could not possibly be reduced to a unity of meaning. As life itself, or as the sea which is always changing and yet remains the same, unable to betray its mystery. More like a visual poem than a narrative film, it is the story of an Equilibrist suspended on the slack rope of existence, the thin and always changeable borderland joining all opposites, Sky and Earth, Life and Death, Light and Shadow, Elsewhere and Nowhere. This film is also about transformation and loss of identity, about the desire to become someone else, or even something else – the screech of a seagull, bleaching bones, a broken dolphin’s mouth, dissolving into deep eternity – a meditation on melancholy and on the frailty of existence, permeated by the secret whispering of all things shipwrecked and lost.In my beginning is my end, in my end is my beginning.
Selections and Awards:
Goa International Short Film Festival 2019 Goa Indian Premiere OFFICIAL SELECTION India Cult Critic Movie Awards 2019 Calcutta BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM India NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 AMSTERDAM European Premiere SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY Netherlands Festival de Largos y Cortos de Santiago del Chile 2019 Santiago del Chile South American Premiere BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM Chile L’Europe autour de l’Europe 14e édition Paris March 17, 2019 French Premiere OFFICIAL SELECTION France Il Varco Short Film Festival 2020 Pescara HONORABLE MENTION FOR EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA Italy Roma Prisma Film Awards 2019 Roma BEST EDITING, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Italy Scandinavian International Film Festival 2019 Helsinki August 9, 2019 OFFICIAL SELECTION Finland Les Rimbaud du Cinema 2019 Charleville OFFICIAL SELECTION France Cinemistica Film Festival 2019 Granada November 11, 2019 Spanish Premiere OFFICIAL SELECTION Spain AMII WorkFest 2019 Vilnius October 28, 2019 Lithuanian Premiere BEST FILM Lithuania Illambra Film Festival 2019 Berlin German Premiere OFFICIAL SELECTION Germany New Wave Motion Film Festival 2020 Hong Kong OFFICIAL SELECTION Holy Wood Serbian International Film Festival 2020 Serbian Premiere OFFICIAL SELECTION Serbia Moscow Shorts IFF 2019 Moscow OFFICIAL SELECTION Russian Federation Esto es para esto 2020 Monterrey OFFICIAL SELECTION Mexico 5th Ciudad del Mexico IFF Ciudad del Mexico OFFICIAL SELECTION Mexico Vastlab Experimental Film Festival 2020 Los Angeles OFFICIAL SELECTION United States Polish IFF 2019 Warszaw OFFICIAL SELECTION Poland Pune Short Film Festival 2019 Pune OFFICIAL SELECTION India Indies Movies Spark Film Festival Utrecht BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT Netherlands La Galerie Philosophique Grandson December 12, 2021 Film and Photography Exhibition Switzerland INDIAN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL "CINEMASCOPE AWARDS 2021" Kolkata OFFICIAL SELECTION India Pure Magic Film Festival Amsterdam BEST EXPERIMENTAL/ART FILM, BEST LEAD ACTRESS, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST EDITING Netherlands Metropolis Film Festival Milano BEST SHORT EXPERIMENTAL Italy Tagore Film Festival Bolpur BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM India RIBALTA FILM FESTIVAL Vignola OFFICIAL SELECTION Italy Aphrodite Film Awards New York OFFICIAL SELECTION United States Bizarrya Short Film Fest Porto OFFICIAL SELECTION Portugal New Age Cinema &Scripts Bombay BEST ART DIRECTION, BEST DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY India Emerald Peakock Film Festival Sint Petersburg HONORABLE MENTION OF THE JURY Russian Federation 2nd Kerala Short Film Festival Pallivasal OFFICIAL SELECTION India Sipontum Arthouse International Film Festival Manfredonia MOVIE CRITIC AWARD Italy Amsterdam International film Festival Amsterdam OFFICIAL SELECTION Netherlands The Last Howl Film Festival London HONORABLE MENTION United Kingdom Postales a Lumière - Itinerant Exhibition of Contemporary Cinema Itinerant Festival OFFICIAL SELECTION Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Berlin Film Awards Berlin BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM Germany MosFilmFest Moscow OFFICIAL SELECTION Russian Federation West Bengal Short Film Festival 2022 Kolkata OFFICIAL SELECTION India Himachal Short Film Festival Manali OFFICIAL SELECTION India Interface Video Art Festival Zagreb OFFICIAL SELECTION Croatia Berlin Indie Film Festival Berlin BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM Germany Luis Bunuel Memorial Awards Calcutta BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM India Liber Films International Festival Athens OFFICIAL SELECTION Greece Arrow International Film Festival Aniche, Haut de France BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM France The Corner Seats International Film Festival Chennai Official Selection India Honirus Short International Film Festival Vienna Official Selection Austria Habitar el Cine - Caracas International Contemporary Film Festival Caracas Official selection Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of