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Luci spente (first feature)

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Luci spente

Luci spente

original title:

LUCI SPENTE

directed by:

screenplay:

Pier Vittorio Mannucci

cinematography:

costume design:

Monia Manuello

music:

Alberto Ricca

production:

Flabbergasted Pictures, Zamboni56, PaT Passi Teatrali

country:

Italy

year:

2015

film run:

60'

format:

colour

festivals & awards:

"Lights Out" is a psychological thriller. It tells the story of Laura Locke who is visiting her best friend Mary. Mary is in an hospital because of a car accident and now she is in a state of catatonia. What seemed just a visit to a friend soon becomes an eerie and introspective experience.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES:
One evening I went to see a theatre play, “Lights Out". What stroke me the most about theplay was the dramaturgical idea behind it because it was unusual and brave for being and Italian story. In a certain sense it was closer to the American stories found in TV series, or at the cinema. So, I asked the author and the theatre company PaT - Passi Teatrali if they were willing to adapt the play to the screen and make a NO BUDGET movie. NOBUDGET, contrary to “independent”, means “poor”, starting with the amount of time thatcast and crew can dedicate to an initially unpaid job. The production has been a realchallenge for all of us. We concentrated the filming in only 7 days, committing all our energies in order to complete it in time.
The rotoscoping technique was used in order to give a continuity between the theatricality of the story and the filming medium. It also magnifies the dark and creepy atmospheres of a story that revolves around mental sanity, around the edge between conscious and unconscious, light and shadow. Thus, the flashing light becomes a metaphor for reason, a reason that comes and goes, and that eventually drowns in an indefinite and endless dark.