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Please Leave a Message

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Please Leave a Message

Please Leave a Message

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:

"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.