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Mi e Ti

Mi E Ti is the story of an Italian soldier, set during the World War I. Dispersed after an assault that turns out to be a massacre, he takes refuge in a forest and gets lost. He starts a journey that leads him to get rid of his clothes and everything that defines being a soldier; what remains is a man that want to leave the horrors of war behind him and return to home.

  • Samuele Gottardello
  • Samuele Gottardello
  • Lorenzo Pezzano
    Director of Photography
  • Alice Lorenzon
    Camera assistant
  • Francesco Marotta
    Camera assistant
  • Gianluca Cecconello
  • William Carrer
    Aerial Photography
  • Giulio Pizzato
    Aerial Photography
  • Domeniko Preli
    VFX and Compositing
  • Erick Melchiorri
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, war, music
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 10, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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  • Feria Internacional de Cine Independiente
    June 19, 2016
  • Norwich Radical Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    August 27, 2016
  • Farcume: Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de Faro
    August 26, 2016
  • Metricamente Corto

    October 21, 2016
  • Veterans Film Festival
    October 15, 2016
  • Uk Veterans Film Festival

    United Kingdom
    November 26, 2016
    Best Director
Director Biography - Samuele Gottardello

Born in Italy in 1972, lives in Venice (Italy).
From the first 90s he played and toured with several bands.
Began his career as an independent filmmaker producing videoclips and documentaries for the italian diy/punk/rock'n'roll scene of the 2000s.
Works as freelance director, editor and motion graphic designer for various commercials and corporate videos production companies.
Keeps filmmaking courses in private schools.

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Director Statement

"Mi E Ti has been ringing in my ears since 2012, when Krano played it for me the first time. It's music that came to me and just never really left me, it just started translating instantly into a river of confused images that slowly worked their way into sense. For this reason when I was asked to work on this project, I naturally thought about setting it in the Piave and Monte Grappa area, stage for the 1915-1918 war. This is where the image of a soldier trying to escape the horrors of war came to me, a deserter, a soldier who, with a gesture - finally - of courage, decides to escape from the madness of a massacre. I always liked defectors and have for a long time wanted to tell the First World War in my own way, without the hero's rhetoric and sacrifice for their country. Without the myth of the river Piave "stopping the foreigners." Instead it represents what, in my opinion, was the first World War for those who participated in it: their suffering, the senselessness, loss and sadness. The dreams and shattered love. Mi E Ti is the story of a soldier who flees, who decides to escape and return to his woman. Along the way he is stripped of the layers that make soldiers return to being human beings and is reminded of the warmth of the summer and the smell of straw from his bar. Mi E Ti. And like all defectors, the soldier Krano ends badly. His story goes especially wrong: he did not really defect, his escape was in the form of his spirit. In fact the protagonist died earlier and the video is the story, perhaps, a trip made only with the mind, a journey taken perhaps in one of those moments before everything gets dark. I also like to think that maybe the forests, mushroom ,the animal deities of the Monte Grappa - filled with pity - have decided, for once, to allow a brave man to make the last trip to greet his beloved for one last time.I am sure that all soldiers of all wars and nationalities, sooner or later, wanted to be at home, away from the horrors, from the senseless madness, from decisions taken for them by nations and politicians. Even if just with their mind, even just for once, I'm sure that they have fled, have deserted the terrible reality that surrounded them. This is what my short is about."