Summer Lows (second feature)

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Summer Lows

Summer Lows

original title:

Summer Lows

directed by:

cast:

Vivienne Gibbs, Pascal Wiik Scorselo, Roma Wiik Scorselo, Raphael Wiik Scorselo, Celia Arias

screenplay:

cinematography:

costume design:

Celia Arias

music:

Paolo Scarfò, Michele Catania

producer:

production:

country:

Italy

year:

2020

film run:

92'

format:

colour

aspect ratio:

2.39:1

status:

In post-production (26/01/2020)

Torpid summer. Pascal, Roma and Raphael meet again after a long time in a big house in South London.
It's an unexpected inheritance from their father Adan, who had abandoned them more than ten years prior.
Having a house, saving money, recreating a family bond: desires that are tainted with the knowledge that they owe it all to an ambiguous and extranged father figure. And the lingering fear that it will slip through their fingers.
Their fears are solidified when they discover the equivocal origins of the inheritance and the presence of a figure already living in the house who takes care of it and claims ownership.
Their father's shadow looms over the house like a permeating illness highlighting the loneliness, 'mal de vivre', and uneasiness of this forced cohabitation.
As the summer comes to an end, those false certainties dwindle away completely. But life always resumes its' course.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES:
This project, which was very experimental in its' approach to writing, acting and directing, has been an enormous challenge. It began with a very precise narrative structure in which were added completely improvised dialogues.
The characters - a real family - portray similar versions of themselves. We spent large quantities of time together, both before and during shooting. We established a strong bond of friendship and reciprocal trust. What came out of it was a documentary-style film transformed into a work of fiction.
The emptiness of a London different from the usual appealing stereotypes - almost a non-place; an aseptic house which prevents any emotional development; a lack of communication which transforms into cold survival: these are the backdrops of this still-life. The father figure, never profoundly developed, wafts through the story like a "trickster" - a manipulative demon who stirs the waters and creates life; however fragile and imperfect it may be.