Cain's Shadow

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Cain's Shadow (L'ombra di Caino)

Cain's Shadow (L'ombra di Caino)

original title:

L'ombra di Caino

directed by:


Antonio De Palo, Raffaella Messina


set design:

costume design:


Peperonitto film, Inthelfilm, Hana-Bi Productions, Altera Studio with the support of Consiglio Regionale della Puglia, Garante dei detenuti Puglia, Garante dei Minori Puglia, Comune di Molfetta, Regione Lazio, Apulia Film Commission





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Ready (10/01/2016)

festivals & awards:

  • BIF&ST – Bari International Film& Festival 2016: ItaliaFilmFest
  • Durban International Film Festival 2016: Short Films
  • The Lecce European Film Festival 2016: Puglia Show
  • WorldFest-Houston 2016: Official Selection Shorts
  • Indy Film Festival 2016
  • San Antonio Film Festival 2016
  • Salento Finibus Terrae 2016: Best Short Apulia
  • Figari Film Fest 2016
  • OtherMovie Lugano 2016
  • Ariano International Film Festival 2016
  • PalagianoinCorto 2016: Jury Prize
  • Corti Etnaci Film Festival 2016: Best Medium Length Film
  • CasalCinema Film Festival 2016
  • Vicoli Corti 2016
  • Villammare Film Festival 2016: Best Medium Length Film, Prize Cinema Pocket
  • Videolab Film Festival 2016
  • Cervignano Film Festival 2016
  • Cambridge Film Festival 2016
  • Kansas International Film Festival 2016
  • Arpa International Film Festival 2016
  • 1Great Lakes International Film Festival 2016
  • Zimbabwe International Film & Festival Trust 2016
  • Logan Film Festival 2016
  • Lancaster International Short Film Festival 2016
  • Festival International du Film de Bruxelles 2016
  • Festival International de Cinema of the Autonomous University of Baja California 2016
  • 5° Winchester Short Film Festival 2016

November 5th, 2025. Western metropolis. Young inspector Abel is grappling with the umpteenth disappearance: Angela, a 9-year-old girl, of whom there has been no news for two days. For more than ten years there have been many disappearances of children . Numbers assume alarming proportions; the police are indicted. Ada is a young woman of thirty whose daughter was kidnapped some years before. From that day on she has led a personal investigation searching for the truth. Eddi, a transsexual in his sixties, is the host of a late night radio programme. Together with Agnes, he founded an association that through various propaganda activities, including the radio, struggles to find the truth. On the night of November 5th the stories of these characters will be inexorably intertwined, leading us to a bitter and shocking discovery.

“Cain’s Shadow” is set in the dialectics between violence and nonviolence, proposing a reflection on a real construction of meaning for the future. Therefore, in a place and at a time when the frantic search for material wellbeing blinds man, denying him the chance to look towards the future; the intention is to develop an ethical conflict of generations that puts adults in comparison with what, by definition, we could define the generation of the future: children. Intergenerational conflict: present and future. Investigating the meaning and intention of adults to build a future, leading to a reflection on the construction of tomorrow on an ethical basis.