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Gaiwan – by Elia Mouatamid

A grave yard, two men: a parable on hope and death, which equates men beyond preconceptions

0 – 5 | 2015 | Dramedy | Identity | Italy | Live-Action

A grave yard. Two men. Gaiwan is the traditional Chinese teaware. That’s what one of the two uses for his unusual (in the eyes of the other) ritual in front of a grave. Like in a Western, an act that generates (pre)judice and thought.

In a few simple sequences, helmer Elia Mouatamid directs “an urgent parable on hope and death, which equates men beyond preconceptions.” ‘A Livella, according to the most popular Italian comedian of all time, Totò. At the center of this short film is empathy as the very basest jealousy and primitive fear of the Other to create disease.

The fascinating personal story of Elia tells us more about his point of view. He was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1982 and moved with his family to Northern Italy, to Rovato, in the province of Brescia, when he was just one-year-old. In 2001 he received his degree in mechanics and began working as the head of quality control at a company. But his passion for theatre and film directing took him to the academy Spazio H. Vox in Brescia and the Mohole Film School in Milan.

In 2017 he directed his first feature-length film, Talien, winner of the Special Jury Prize and Ghandi’s Glasses Award at 2017 Torino Film Festival. A documentary on the road about his father Abdelouahab, known in Italy as Aldo, who decided to return home, to Morocco, after almost 40 years spent in Brescia. Elia has a wicked sense of humor, as demonstrated by Arabiscus, a bubbly and ironic web-series (directed with his wife Valeria Battaini) “to understand and dispel certain prejudices about Arabs and their language.”

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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