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PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE
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original title:
PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE
directed by:
cast:
Ai Nagasawa
cinematography:
Luca Ranzato, Massimiliano Navarra
editing:
set design:
Elisa Fuksas
costume design:
Alessia Correani
music:
Mum
producer:
Sergio Casoli
country:
Italy
year:
2007
film run:
6'14"
format:
16mm/HD - colour
status:
Ready (17/12/2006)
festival & awards:
MADRID ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2008: Shorts Competition
OPEN ROADS: NEW ITALIAN CINEMA 2008: Cortissimo: New Italian Short Films
Nastri D'Argento 2007: Best Short
"Please leave a message" is a search for the space that defines our freedom. It's an obsession, a phobia and a human emotional story. The protagonist, Akiko, is a young Japanese girl visiting Rome apparently as a normal tourist: her pilgrimage follows all of the characteristic traits. But in fact she's in the Italian city to build up a memory of a new personal world. Akiko decides to collect objects that create a synthetic catalogue of what has deep meaning to her. These selected items are capable of evoking parts of her life in a non nostalgic way. After isolating herself from the rest of the society, she decides to be locked forever into this new self-constructed reality. The only external contact Akiko has, is with her voice mail in Tokyo, which she uses as a repository black- box of her consciousness. By the end of this interior journey she is freed, but completely lonely. The price of awareness is both a total self-imposed isolation and a sole imprisonment.
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