Pentaclub (The Club of Five)

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Pentaclub (The Club of Five) (Pentaclub)

Pentaclub (The Club of Five) (Pentaclub)

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Giorgia Ferrero, Rexhep Bejaj, Federico Cesi, Leonardo Chiaro, Fabio Gavaciuto, Francesco Ziglioli, Francesco Brondi


Roberto Strazzarino, Maria Pia Alibrandi


set design:

Simonetta Rebella, Sergio Sciutto

costume design:

Marisa Garbero


AIRAM Maria Tomaselli





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Ready (01/08/2023)

festivals & awards:

  • Los Angeles - Italia 2024: Panorama
  • Montecatini International Short Film Festival 2023: Miglior Cortometraggio
  • Montreal Independent Film Festival 2023: Nomination as Best Composer and Best First-Time Filmmaker
  • International Halicarnassus Film Festival 2023: Best First-Time Director
  • London Director Awards 2023: Best Short Script and Best Art Director
  • Giove International Film Festival 2023: Best First-Time Filmmaker Short
  • Monza Film Fest 2023: Best Screenplay
  • New York Cinematography Awards 2023: Best Film of the Month, Best Cinematography, Best Producer, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Film Poster
  • Golden Eagles Awards 2023: Selezione Ufficiale
  • New York Monthly Film Festival 2023: Best Short Film
  • Hollywood North Shorts 2023: Best International Fiction
  • Berlin Indie Film Festival 2023: Best First Time Director, Short Film
  • Independent Shorts Awards 2023: Best Short of the Season (Special Jury Award), Miglior Corto Indipendente, Miglior Corto per Ragazzi, Miglior Regista, Miglior Cast, Miglior Soggetto Originale
  • Venice Shorts Film Awards 2023: Miglior Montaggio
  • Budapest Short Cut Film Festival 2023: Miglior Scenografia
  • Manhattan Independent Film Festival 2023: Selezione Ufficiale
  • Bratislava International Film Awards 2023: Miglior Cortometraggio, Miglior Fotografia
  • Rabat International Children and Family Film Festival 2023: Selezione Ufficiale
  • Greece International Film festival 2023: Menzione d’Onore
  • Rome Indie Film Festival 2023: Miglior Fotografia
  • Theta Short Film Festival 2023: Miglior Cortometraggio Italiano
  • Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival 2023: Miglior Film Straniero
  • Producer’s Night 2023: Selezione Ufficiale
  • Denver Monthly Film Awards 2023: Selezione ufficiale
  • UK Seasonal Short Film Festival 2024: Menzione Speciale
  • Mirada Corta Short Film Festival 2024: Concorso online Visiones Unicas
  • Naked Mountain International Independent Short Film Festival 2024: Selezione ufficiale
  • Brussels Independent Film Festival 2024: Selezione Ufficiale
  • Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival 2024: Vincitore del Network Round, Season Awards Nomination Shortlist per Best Art Direction, Best Director e Best Acting Ensemble
  • Short. Sweet. Film Fest. 2024: Miglior Film per Famiglie
  • Kerala Short Film Festival 202: Selezione ufficiale
  • Glocal Film Festival 2024: Selezione ufficiale
  • New York International Film Awards 2024: Best Adventure Film, Best 1st Time Director, Best Acting Ensemble, Menzione d’Onore Best Costumes, Finalista Best Short Film, Best Indie Short, Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack
  • Beyond Hollywood International Film Festival 2024: Best First Time Filmmaker / Short
  • West Chester International Short Film Festival: Selezione ufficiale
  • Cannes Film Awards 2024: Finalista
  • New Jersey Independent Film Festival 2024: Selezione ufficiale
  • Visita la pagina: Pune Short Film Festival 2024: Selezione ufficiale
  • SydFest Independent Film Festival 2024: Gran Premio della Giuria
  • The Short Cinema - Leicester International Short Film Festival 2024: Miglior Cortometraggio Internazionale “Narrative”
  • Ischia Global Film Festival 2024: Selezione ufficiale
  • South Italy International Film Festival 2024: Menzione d’Onore

The year is 1968. Five teenage boys dream of running a movie theater in which they will not show pro-war films. One summer afternoon Giò, Delfo, Max, Ricky and Paolo learn to become trusted friends, indispensable to one another.

The author talks about a topic with which he is familiar, setting the young characters in the Sixties. He presents them with an experience they must go through and where their motivation to act relies on a sense of belonging.
Their dream is considerable, that of running a movie theater in which pro-war films will not be screened.
The adversities for the realization of their dream generate conflicts among the characters: they all behave in ways that put their own selves before the others.
With dedication and an ever-growing desire to create human connections, the characters finally find a balance between their individualism and their relationships with other people. They eventually become a team, they become The Club of Five (Pentaclub) and they understand they are trusted friends, indispensable to one another.
While the dream is what is at stake consciously, the unity of the group turns out to be the unconscious challenge.
The author's personal experience, transposed into the story, provides a sense of uniqueness and authenticity to the experience of the characters.
The actions in the film, so distant in time, become the means to talk about timeless, universal values.
Pentaclub is a film about friendship, both on the screen and behind the scenes because a group of friends, who met in the 1960s, was essential to the film’s production. The director wrote the screenplay together with his wife, while their friends worked on the production design and the costumes.
To visually narrate the transformation of the characters, the director favors, first, the use of shots that highlight the individual actions of the characters (master & coverage). Furthermore, as the group grows into self-awareness, the director progressively adopts the point of view of the group itself, with planned long takes in which the camera and the group move with increasing harmony.