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Mud Cake

"Mud Cake" analyzes in a surreal key the theme of obsession, seen as degenerative element hidden under the bark of appearances which, often, is mortally confused with feelings of love and passion. A nicely furnished apartment, a table laden with delicious desserts and laid out by clearly sought kitchenware can be the tools and the setting of a heinous crime, despite a reassuring and loving aesthetic. Two lovers are overwhelmed by the obsession that transforms a simple breakfast in a tragic event and surreal. Domestic crimes are the leading cause of violent death in Italy and obsession, confused with love, kills more than crime.

  • Pasquale Passaretti
  • Pasquale Passaretti
    Maria Laura de Bardi
  • AKRcollettivo, CCC, Etèrnit
  • Valerio Morigi, Maria Grazia Laurini
    Key Cast
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    5 minutes 29 seconds
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    February 14, 2016
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    7,000 USD
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Director Biography - Pasquale Passaretti

I'm Pasquale Passaretti i'm actor and theater playwright. Mud Cake is my first experience as a director in film and in this short I tried to bring together my theatrical experience in the language of cinema. The short comes from a theatrical performance "The triangle" by AKRcollettivo , which, like a scene from a movie, through body language and the musical atmosphere, exploring the relationship and the difficulties of communication within a pair. After many trials devoted to this scene, I started writing a dialogue between the two actors and led to this text which then became Mud Cake. Mud Cake has as main theme the obsession that hides behind the habits and the seemingly harmless gestures and loving of a couple that leads to the extreme thoughts, images and impulses of their discomfort. I made this short film in collaboration with AKRcollettivo Etéternit and two production companies involved in theater productions, music and video. I consider this my first work is a kind of continuity between my well-known theater world and this new dimension that is cinema. The common point between the two companies? teamwork! Essential!

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