Shooting Stars
20 January 2018

Io, Arlecchino (first feature)

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Io, Arlecchino

Io, Arlecchino

original title:

IO, ARLECCHINO

cinematography:

Charlie Goodger

editing:

Michele Chiappa

costume design:

Veronica Molteni

music:

Matthew James Kelly

distribution:

country:

Italy

year:

2014

film run:

90'

format:

colour

release date:

11/06/2015

Housewife’s favourite, Paolo Milesi has it all: looks, women, money and his own popular daytime TV show. But his perfect world begins to crumble when his ageing father’s health takes an unexpected turn for the critical. He rushes to his home town only to find the old actor stubbornly rehearsing to perform his beloved Harlequin one last time. As the old wounds of their difficult relationship are reopened, the magical world of Comedia Dell’Arte begins to seduce Paolo, and make him question his own superficial existence.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT:
"Io Arlecchino" is a film that that tells the story of a dysfunctional father-son relationship against the colourful background of the Italian theatrical tradition of Commedia Dell’Arte. It’s a life-affirming story of the rocky road to self discovery. It’s a film that underlines the importance of tradition as the key to our future, in the words of the composer Gustav Mahler, “tradition is not to preserve the ashes but to pass on the flame.” We have embraced the art of Commedia Dell’Arte and the mask of the ever youthful Harlequin, symbol of positive energy and the original king of reinvention.