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Online Premiere: Child Love by Giulio Donato

A kid courts a girl with small gestures, but it is a love that goes beyond space-time and becomes an allegory of the cycle of life

10 – 15 | 2017 | Dramedy | Italy | Live-Action | Love

At a summer camp all the kids behave in a strange way, very little actively. A boy falls in love with a girl and courts her with small gestures. After a run towards her, the kid feels sick and falls to the ground. Then we find out, travelling through all the scene again, that the two kids were two elderlies in a retirement home, who were imagining 8or re-imagining?) to live a their love.

This is the synopsis of Child Love, the second short film by Giulio Donato, a young Roman author born in 1993, who already boasts a respectable curriculum with important experiences as director assistant of Abel Ferrara, Giada Colagrande, Asia Argento, Gennaro Nunziante and Roberta Torre.

This delicate and touching work – which we are happy to present as online preview on GSF after a nice tour of festivals – deals with the theme of pure and unconditional love, with a reflection on old age as a possibility of a return to the light-heartedness of childhood.

If real life is hard, memory and imagination can make us dream and also make a feeling eternal. And so, intertwining with the candor of childhood images, the short takes us to the face of Angela who wants to stay with Aldo until the end in the nursing home, and even if they know what’s waiting for them, they just want to focus about their love and about the memories, real or imaginary, that unite them.

(Storyboard from Child Love)

In the Donato’s words: “the short film speaks of the elderly as a starting point for a metaphor on life in general, and it does so by analyzing two points of view that are at the same time so distant and so close, such as childhood and old age. The aim is to represent love, and the way we perceive our own life . It is a metaphor that can be related to any age. Even people with illness or problems can imagine living in another world. It is a positive message to say that if one truly believes in what one wants to hope, perhaps one can live better.”

To the director, who has meanwhile filmed a third short film called Trincea, we wish a big good luck!

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great food. My motto is: your motto.

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