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Synopsis

Pawnshop, Turin. Three simple stories intertwine along the fine lines of moral debt and the search for personal redemption.

Directed by

Irene Dionisio

Written by

Irene Dionisio

Production

tempesta/Carlo Cresto-Dina

With

Rai Cinema

In co-production with

Amka Films Productions and Ad Vitam

Year of production

2016

World Premiere

Venice International Film Critics' Week

Director of photography

Caroline Champetier

Run time

85'

Website

www.facebook.com/tempestafilm

DIRECTOR's NOTES

At first because of my social and familiar background, then because of my studies, and finally for business reasons, I always wondered, how and in what ways financial problems that afflict us on a daily base, can change us? How is it possible that we got entangled in a network that we ourselves have molded - the so-called “device” theorized by G. Agamben. What drives us to work fourteen hours a day in order not to own anything except the simple right to exist? And what drives those who could change things to continue in their usual direction, without asking themselves any questions? How much is debt above all a moral debt, a crime? Many questions and few answers, so far. But many stories to observe around us, from which to draw some ideas, food for thought, or the simple observation of our life choices. And from what point of view are these events to be observed in the best possible way, in their complex individuality and at the same time universality? They are to be observed in places where one can inconspicuously watch mechanisms, procedures, existences. In Turin, I came across the pawnshop and its fullness of meaning and of life. Through my research, I intend to narrate the place as a metaphor - teeming up with lived lives, faces, stories – of a society based on the clash, both new and momentous, between debtor and creditor. The human being in this place seems to be stripped of his or her natural appearance, annihilated and rendered fragile, small, helpless, in the face of a powerful network, well organized, nameless and without the possibility of being questioned. The pawnshop looks like a sort of aquarium in which small fishes are gasping in a container of which they do not know the boundaries, the features, the consistency. Through talks, dialogues, relations with objects, and individual stories, I will create a tragic fresco, but at the same time playful, almost comical in its fragile tenderness, which will narrate of a humanity faced with debt. I will narrate the daily confrontation between an evaluator, last link in the chain of a banking system, and a consumer, either known or unknown. The confrontation at the pawnshop desk between the evaluator - responsible for listening to consumers and for evaluating the objects brought in to be pawned – and the consumer himself - bearer of an individual and unique story - has a strong disturbing element, both on a narrative level, and on a philosophical and emotional one. In this environment crisscrossed with relations of such force, I feel that many of the questions that I try to answer turn into stories to tell. Stories to reenact in their smallest details, in their fleeting existences, in their seemingly useless developments, and finally in their powerful imagery, which let us lay our eyes on what man has become in front of the debit system.

Cast

Stefano FABRIZIO FALCO
Michele ALFONSO SANTAGATA
Sandra CHRISTINA ROSAMILIA
Sergio ROBERTO DE FRANCESCO
Rosa MARIA EUGENIA D'AQUINO
Angelo SALVATORE CANTALUPO
Woman at the Pawnshop ANNA FERRUZZO

Crew

photography Caroline Champetier
editing Aline Hervé
set design Giorgio Barullo
costumes Silvia Nebiolo
first assistant director Giuseppe Bonito