Hands above the clouds

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Hands above the clouds (Le mani sulle nuvole)

Hands above the clouds (Le mani sulle nuvole)

original title:

Le mani sulle nuvole

cast:

Elettra Mallaby, Luca Puzio

cinematography:

set design:

Imma Amato, Rudy Campanella

costume design:

Gianluca Carrozza

production:

Mokapakino

country:

Italy

year:

2021

film run:

12'

format:

colour

status:

Ready (01/12/2021)

festivals & awards:

  • ICFF Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2022: Italian Short Selection
  • Capri, Hollywood 2021: The Italian Job
  • INQRVENTION 2022
  • DAN.CIN.FEST Short Dance Film Competition 2022
  • International Fine Arts Film Festival 2022
  • FilmARTE 2022 - Semifinalist

This is the story of a sculptor and dreamer, and of her papier-mâché statue that is animated and comes to life in a long, oneiric sunset … Her hands shape the material in contact with the primordial elements. These hands give form to a life and history of sensuality and irony, play, and the unsaid … matter is lost in the complicity of gazes: the artist and the work are laid bare, as is their ambivalent relationship of love and continuous seeking. In this game of mirrors, dream and reality fuse together in a lyrical world that frames the love story without end of one who creates and of one who is created. And in the inspiration of sculpture, the emotion of the shape and beauty of art comes back to life.
This is the story of a sculptor and dreamer, and of her papier-mâché statue that is animated and comes to life in a long, oneiric sunset … Her hands shape the material in contact with the primordial elements. Those hands give shape to a statuary body that bring the emotion of beauty back to life.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES:
Hands above the clouds is a short subject arising from a surrealist, naïve story. The inspiration is pictorial in nature: visually representing the ambivalent relationship that arises between the artist and her work, through a story in which it is the work that recounts itself. This gives life to a small, lyrical parable, in which the dreamy atmosphere serves as a background for two characters who in some way represent archetypes: mother and child, the artist and her creation. The narrative structure I have felt best for this tale is that of proceeding with a sort of “reverie,” as if absorbed by long, wavering sequences in which anything can happen, and there is always the sky serving as the background for the immensity of the void. Bodies wander and oscillate, described by the camera which outlines shapes like a brush softly caressing faces. The ambivalent story is soft and tenuous as well: a love story born between the artist and her work, in a dimension in which everything – even dreaming with one’s eyes open – is possible.