The Vanishing Hitchhiker

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The Vanishing Hitchhiker

The Vanishing Hitchhiker

original title:

The Vanishing Hitchhiker

directed by:


Giuseppe Brucato, Veronica Brucato, Emanuela De Rossi




Marika Takeuchi






film run:



4K - colour

aspect ratio:



Ready (21/07/2020)

festivals & awards:

  • WorldFest-Houston 2021: Bronze Remi Award
  • Bare Bones Film & Music Festival 2021: Best Foreign Language Short 
  • Minneapolis St Paul International Film 2021: Best Of Fest

Franz meets a young and mysterious hitchhiker who says he has had a car breakdown. After some  hesitation, Franz accepts and accompanies her home...

An intertwining of themes on premature death, the anger and resentment of an accidentally stolen fate,  the supernatural, the exaltation of values such as kindness and love, all supported by a touch of  suspense to intrigue the viewer. The Vanishing Hitchhiker is my black fairytale: I chose a fairytale look,  but inherent in a slightly vintage cinematic style.
In The Vanishing Hitchhiker, I mainly focused on suspense troubleshooting various themes: maternal  love that is given from sharon's strong bond that comes back to life to continue to fulfill his dream of  graduation but above all for the love of her mother. 
I exalted the suspense of Sharon's appearance through the cinematographic editing. I have left a final  open to transmit strong anguish in the spectator, I had a dready and dread music engraved, but shortly  after the start of the car, at the final, I had slightly romantic musical tones insert that underlines  Sharon’s gratitude to Franz who was kind to her, finally, when the car goes away towards the horizon,  the music becomes anxious again, exalting mystery and doubt, in the viewer, about Franz's fate. 
Today, after finishing work on my project, I like to think that I have honored the peerless Alfred  Hitchcock for the suspense and Tim Burton for his original style.