The rule of sleep

 

Original title: "La Regola del Sonno"
 
28 min., 16mm, colour, stereo, Italy 1992
 
 
 
 
Produced with the support of the Süddeutscher Rundfunk Fernsehen of Stuttgart (that acquired the TV rights for Germany), and written with the extraordinary collaboration of Tonino Guerra, the film was presented in 1992 at the “Cinema School” section of the RiminiCinema International Exhibition; in 1993 at the Clermont-Ferrand International Festival of Short Films; in 1995 at the “Leopards of tomorrow” section of the 48th Locarno International Film Festival and at Filmmaker - Festival Internazionale di Cinema of Milan.
 
 
 
 
The protagonist of the film lives alone in his poor home, even if not without people to speak to, in the first place his ancestors, Lari ghosts of the house, but also spirits to exorcise. He keeps their photographs tied with string to the headboard of his bed. He accuses them all, peeking at them from under the covers. It is raining and the hovel in which he lives does not seem to be able to resist the thunderstorm. Water pours in from all sides and with it the memory of a woman met casually a long time ago insists itself into his mind, the only living break in his lazy and habitual thoughts. For some time this figure had disappeared from his heart, a hopeful image that helps him find his true face again.
 
 
 
 
Screenplay and direction: Michele Fasano; Collaboration on the screenplay: Tonino Guerra; Photography: Thomas Henkel; Montage: Birgit Frank; Direct sound: Alessandro Saviozzi; Music: Alessandro Saviozzi, Sado Sabbetta; Set Design: Miresa Turci; Make-up: Maria Luisa Sacco; Actors: Dalia Zipoli, Lello Milantoni; Texts: Giorgio Caproni, Rosita Copioli, Vittorio Sereni; Production: Sattva Films.

 

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