Experiencing Interruptions?

A Fragile Geometry

When a drop of paint falls in the water, the color dilutes and transforms, it takes other shapes and forms, slowly loosing its intensity; eventually what’s left it’s a fading memory of that paint on the water’s surface. This process feels similar to the way we narrate a story, a life event: with the time passing by, that same event will be remember in slightly different ways, with more difficulty and less precision. We will probably recreate new images to fill the void. We will allow ourselves longer pauses during our narration. We will search for the light geometry, the logical, fragile structures that hold our memories. This project wants to portray this feeling through the voice of Itala, a 85 years old Italian woman starting to suffer of Alzheimer.

  • Ambra Tonini
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La geometria fragile della memoria
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 10, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    200 EUR
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  • Country of Filming:
    China, France, Italy, United States
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    digital, Super8
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  • Student Project:
  • 59Rivoli Art Gallery
  • Waterside Art Center
    Sale, Manchester
    November 1, 2015
    Creative industries Trafford Video Installation micro commission
  • Nos yeux grand ouvert International festival of video art
    March 11 2016
    official selection
  • 3 - FICAE Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes y Arte sobre Enfermedades
    March 4, 2017
    official selection
Director Biography

I am from Mantova, Italy. At 19-years-old I left for London, where I lived for four years and where I got my Media degree at the London Metropolitan University. I eventually moved to New York, where I studied filmmaking at NYFA.

There, I made the first projects, I worked as a video journalist and create a theatre play presented at the Living Theatre, in NYC, called “A Collection”.

I moved to Colombia to work on different social advertising campaigns for few months but then I arrived in Paris, where I live now and where I work as a photographer and filmmaker.

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Director Statement

How much of a memory is unaltered by time and space? What we truly remember of a life event? While interviewing a group of people in a northern Italian Village about memories, I realized that it wasn’t the memory itself the most fascinating part of the story they were telling. The time taken to explain certain details, the difficult search of the past in our mind, the slow repetitions of words and concepts, create a unique experience between the narrator and the listener.