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Online Premiere: Thriller

Michele dreams to dance in TV like his idol Michael Jackson, but the protest in which his father is involved threatens his dream.

10 – 15 | 2014 | Childhood | Drama | Italy | Live-Action | Social Issues

With the city of Taranto bent by pollution and uncertainty for the future in the background, Michael, 14, goes around with a light heart, dancing like his idol, Michael Jackson. His dream is to become a star. But when his father tells him he can not accompany him to the audition of a TV talent show, because of a mobilization of the factory he’s working at, Michele’s world falls apart.

However, the choice of his father, tied to the fate of the factory and to the rate of cancer mortality caused by the very high pollution of the city’s industrial area, will not stop little Michael’s dream. With his creativity he will ultimatelly find the visibility he’s seeking, just in the crucial hours of the workers’ protest.

Crossing comedy and drama, John Landis and Elio Petri, Albano dreams of a better future for a city battered by the fumes and poisons of the steel. The choice of the director to entrust a new generation of Tarantinians with the city’s destiny, symbolically represented by the dance performed in the middle of the protest, makes this short film a work full of hope and positivity, elements almost in contradiction with the harsh reality of the Ilva steel factory and the infamous district of Tamburi.

The performance of the young Danilo Esposito and acting mastery of Anna Ferruzzo and Antonio Gerardi in the role of parents, gives this story a very intimate and familiar atmosphere, which approximate closely fiction to everyday reality.

Director, writer and screenwriter, Giuseppe Marco Albano has always received high acclaim from his works. With Thriller, realized with the contribution of the Apulia Film Commision, the Lucania Film Commision, and in partnership with the Cultural Association Image Hunters and Basiliciak,  Albano was awarded the Nickeloden Award 2014 in the “Corti d’evasione” section and the prestigious David di Donatello as Best Italian Short Film in 2015.

For the thirty-year-old Lucanian director, this short represts “an extraordinary story, which fills with courage and dream a controversial issue related to the South. But thanks to the power of cinema we have tried to give it a positive view, just like the protagonist of the short does”.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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