The Pillheads, Kenzo Diaze
festivals & awards:
Today Rosa celebrates the anniversary of her engagement with Roberto. While she waits for him for dinner, she spends the afternoon in the pool with her younger brother Angelo. They begin to comment on a news story happened a few days earlier: the body of a boy found in a field a few kilometers from the city. Roberto arrives earlier than expected: the glances between the three become enigmatic and restless.
For "The Anniversary" I was inspired by the short story “So Much Water so Close to Home", by Raymond Carver: a wife begins to suspect of her husband, after he and his friends find the corpse of a woman on the shore of a nearby lake. I was struck by the narrative dynamics of the couple's dialogue, in a sort of “literary kammerspiele” that is staged in the kitchen, and in which the wife tries to investigate and get answers from her husband, trying to control, perhaps not fully dominating it, an avalanche of mixed feelings. I tried to do the same in "The Anniversary", in which another woman asks questions whose answers provoke reactions that are barely held back, in a single place, the swimming pool, as if we were at a theatrical piece. Here a family and affective context is now on the point of being revealed as it really is, and with the reactions it provokes in all the members who belong to it; tormented yet still hopeful in a different final, even in the face of the obvious adversity of the facts. Up to the paradox.