DI CHI E’ LA TERRA? – short film – (eng. WHOSE IS THE LAND?)

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Whose is the Land? (Ital. Di chi è la Terra?) (14’21” – Italy, 2018), first film written and directed by Daniela Giordano, tells the story, with great lucidity and irreverent irony, of the consumer and profit culture, masquerading as green and politically correct. Squandering of water resources, land grabbing, social injustice and pitfalls of the green economy in musical comedy style. The story shows the everyday life of two families set in opposition: in the “World Above” lives the La Bianca family (David Sebasti, Laura Mazzi, Davide Giordano) who talk about their ecologically sustainable choices while water gushes unused from their taps at home; in the “World Below” lives the Le Noir family (Alfie Nze, Balkissa Maiga, Sofia Andreotti) who are forced to walk kilometers everyday to get water only to find the fountains dry. The two worlds appear to be separate but such is not the case. The pipe system is the same and everything is connected.  And it is through the pipe system that the story portrays the first unexpected event, with someone who observes the very different life styles of the two families and decides to intervene; it is the goddess Earth (Daniela Giordano) who speaks in rap accompanied by the goddess Music (Danila Massimi). The intervention of music as a dramatic device results in a surprising change in narrative style, injecting the story with elements of the musical. Now we see clearly, by means of the clever use of comedy, that the two worlds are not separate: it is the consumer choices and life style of the La Bianca family who live in the “World Above” that are the cause of the impoverishment of the Le Noir family who live in the “World Below”.  The film reserves the final dramatic turn of events to the children, leaving them the task of making the choice able to recreate an equilibrium between the two families. The film makes extensive use of color, both in the portrayal of the environment and in the identification of the characters, skillfully filmed by the director of photography Gianni Mammolotti.

In the film’s palmares: Best Music Award at the 7th Mumbai International Short Film Festival 2018 (India); Best Music and Best Screenplay at the 6th Noida International Film Festival 2019 (India); Albert I of Monaco Foundation Prize, Best Film MediCinema and Special Mention Water&Environment at the 4th Water Film Festival 2019 (Italy); Official Selection at the Roma Indipendent Prisma Film Festival 2019 (Italy); Best Director and Best Film  at the International Shorts Film Festival of India 2019 (India); Official Selection 7th International of the Short…but not too short 2019 (Italy); Best Film at Freegene Corti Film Festival 2019 (Italy); Best Narrative Short at Krakow International Green Film Festival 2019 (Poland).

 SYNOPSIS In the Upper World water flows unused from house taps. In the Under World sources are dry and arid. Green culture upstairs and survival culture downstairs. The two worlds and the families which live in those worlds seem to be separated and uncapable of communicating, but they are not. Pipes connect everything and somebody look at different behaviours and ways of life. It’s the Earth, who sees injustices caused by squandering and oversized consumption. Everything is connected. The Earth decides to speak. Only the children can hear her and will be in the forefront of change.

 

 

FILM CAREER:

 

 

 

 

 

Best Music Award at the 7th Mumbai International Short Film Festival 2018 (India);

Best Music and Best Screenplay at the 6th Noida International Film Festival 2019 (India);

Albert I of Monaco Foundation Prize

Best Film MediCinema (Italy)

Prize & Special Mention at the 4th Aqua Film Festival 2019 (Italy);

Official Selection at the Prisma International Film Festival 2019 (Italy);

Best Director and Best Film at the International Shorts Film Festival of India 2019 (India);

Official Selection at the 7th Corto ..ma non troppo Film Festival  2019 (Italy).

Best Film at the Freegene Corti International Film Festival 2019 (Italy)

Best Narrative Short at the Krakow International Green Film Festival 2019 (Poland)

 

 

 

 CAST&CREW

 

 

 Di chi è la Terra? (14’21’’- Italia, 2018)

 Written and directed by Daniela Giordano

Photography director Gianni Mammolotti

Editing Gioele Stella

Cast: Daniela Giordano, Balkissa Maiga, Danila Massimi, Laura Mazzi, Alfie Nze, David Sebasti and first time on the screen Sofia Andreotti e Davide Giordano

Original Music “Di chi è la Terra?” by Daniela Giordano, Danila Massimi, Marco Veruggio. Musical arrangements Dario Arcidiacono.

Producer CRT Scenamadre, associated producer Eleonora Brown, coproducers  Silvia Castorina-PuntoCritico.Info-CameraWorks Srl-Fargo Enterteiment Srl. Nuovo IMAIE

 

 

 

 

DANIELA GIORDANO, actress, director, singer, writer. She graduated from the National Academy of Dramatic Arts “Silvio d’Amico” in Rome.

The short film “Whose is the Land?” is her first time filmmaker, Best Music Award at 7° Mumbai International Film Festival 2018 and Best Music and Best Screenplay at Noida International Film Festival 2019; Best Director and Best Film at the International Shorts Film Festival Of India 2019; Best Film Freegene Corti International Film Festival 2019 (Italy); Best Narrative Short at the Krakow International Green Film Festival 2019 (Poland)

In Cinema also directed by Gianni di Gregorio (Buoni a nulla), Giuseppe Piccioni (Chiedi la luna), Salvatore Maira (Donne in un giorno di festa), Peter Del Monte (Piccoli fuochi); Gianluca Maria Tavarelli (Borsellino), Maurizio Zaccaro (Un uomo perbene), Giacomo Battiato (Karol – a Pope who Remained a Man), Marco Pontecorvo (Aladine and Sharazade). She acts in many famous Theatre companies directed by internationally renowned directors such Luca Ronconi, Jury Lijubimov, Benno Besson;  theatrical plays  written, directed and performed by her have been presented in Italy, Europe, Africa, United States and Canada Her artistic research has always been characterized by a strong social and civic engagement to which is added the capacity to investigate and a strong visual impact. Her work has been the subject of thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara in the 2001.

In 2009 she is appointed president of the Jury of the XXI Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre and Member of the International Jury of the XVII Damascus Film Festival. She’s won the Golden Grolla as best actress Fiction 2006. She has won numerous awards including the Golden Mask for Theatre as best actress in 1993 and she‘s received a medal by the President of the Italian Republic for Festad’Africa Festival in 2009.