The Dependent Variables

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The Dependent Variables (Le variabili dipendenti)

original title:

Le variabili dipendenti

directed by:


Simone Evangelista, Mattia Rega, Francesco Ortolani, Lorenzo Robustelli, Silvia Venturi


Simone Rossi


Angela Norelli

set design:

Sara Scodro

costume design:

Rebecca Valloggia





film run:





Ready (14/01/2022)

festivals & awards:

  • BUFF 2023: Relationships and consent
  • Los Angeles - Italia 2023: Panorama
  • Berlinale 2022: Generation Kplus - Short Films
  • BFI London Film Festival 2022: Shorts
  • Lovers Film Festival 2022: Future Lovers
  • Madrid Italian Film Festival 2022: Cortometraggi
  • Queer Lisboa 2022: “In My Shorts” Competition - Best Film
  • Raindance Film Festival 2022: Shorts Programme
  • Cinekid Amsterdam 2022
  • Omladinski Youth Film Festival Sarajevo 2022
  • Visioni Corte 2022
  • Castrovillari Film Festival 2022
  • Ceprano Film Festival 2022
  • Festival Cheries Cheris 2022
  • Poitiers Film Festival 2022
  • Visioni Italiane 2022 : Premio Young for Young
  • Drama International Short film festival 2022: Special Jury Prize
  • Leuven International Short Film Festival 2022
  • MedFilm Festival 2022
  • Corto Dorico Film Fest 2022
  • In the Palace International Short Film Festival 2022
  • Sudestival 2022

In a dark, velvety theatre there is a first kiss between Pietro and Tommaso. When the lights come back on, however, the two students have different expectations of what might follow. The chaos of awakening desire in its complexity and sensuality is told and made almost physically tangible through looks and gestures, approach and retreat, hope and fear.