Monster; or, Bride of Frankenstein

"Monster; or, Bride of Frankenstein" shows the awakening of a young woman who, after washing herself, is being unprotectedly confronted by a camera. She confronts this camera while covering herself with pieces of clothing, which she derives from the chamber where she awakens. Due to their interaction, the woman, her space of birth and the camera, will unite to a renaissance of the human being.

  • Antonio Annunziata
    Director
  • Antonio and Maddalena Annunziata
    Writer
  • Antonio and Maddalena Annunziata
    Producer
  • Caroline Tyka
    Key Cast
    "Monster"
  • Nicolai Dimitri Zeitler
    Cinematography
    Alexandra (Director)
  • Maddalena Annunziata
    Set and Costume Designer
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    Composer
    The Dollhouse
  • Antonio Annunziata
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.66: 1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Private Screening by the Italian Consul
    Munich
    Germany
    November 13, 2016
    German Premiere
Director Biography - Antonio Annunziata

Antonio Annunziata (Munich, 1987) lives and works in Rome. In 2015 he graduates in Comparative Literature, Theatre and Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), with a thesis on the Poetics of Revolutionary Storycism Around 1800, and specialises in History and Theory of Cinema at the Institute of Theatre, and Philosophy of History at the Department of Philosophy. From his first term of studies onwards, he works as Tutor of French Letters for LMU’s Department of Romance Studies, and conducts two seminars with cinematic topics at LMU’s Institute of Comparative Literature. Still a student, between 2012 and 2013 he translates and edits, in collaboration with Elisabeth Zoja, the poems’ book One Year Spoken Out of the Night by Peter Handke for Moretti & Vitali.

Having graduated, he chooses to start an autodidactic career as cinema director, and in 2016 shoots his first experimental short-movie, Monster; or, Bride of Frankenstein, which proposes a new method of presenting a fashion collection by focusing on the image of woman rather than commercializing a specific product. The short-movie enters the market of the VIII La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival 2017, the world’s largest market dedicated to audiovisual fashion products, but is out of competition. He continues with experimentation in search for a digital aesthetic by shooting, between 2016 and 2018, a series of experimental documentaries, all of which have been collected by his Vesuvio-Project.

He has worked as translator and subtitler for cinema diffusion, and collaborated with Adriano Aprà by editing the cinema magazine Quaderni del CSCI 2018, and developing a PowerPoint’s concept as essay-film by creating a comprehensive overview of Roberto Rossellini’s œuvre. The PowerPoint Rossellini’s Actuality has been premiered at the IV Fronteira Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental 2018. Still in 2018, he has been member of the Cultural Society Fuorinorma, chaired by Adriano Aprà to promote the new Italian cinema. In the same year, he is assistant director to Gianfranco Giagni for the documentary Dreams, Sex, and Broken Hearts (Readers’ Letters Tell) produced by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà. Furthermore, he directs the crowdfunding campaign Cashmere Revolution for his sister Maddalena Annunziata’s new brand, which accomplishes the prefixed goal of collecting 20.000 €.

In 2019 he applies, in collaboration with Francesco Paolo Montini, owner of Movie Factory of Rome, for the eighth edition of Biennale College Cinema with a feature-film project called You and Me, and works in tourism’s business at the Archaeological Park of the Appian Way. In 2021 he finishes writing his first feature-film (You and Me, unpublished), releases online the 2021-Cut of his Vesuvio-Project, and an experimental-informative Diptych shot between 2019 and 2021 including the titles Amoroma (2019) and Europe (2020-2021).

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Director Statement

This short is the result of my first experience as director of a small set. It tries to represent the design of a fashion collection in a rather personell way, and has been shot for my sister Maddalena Annunziata, fashion designer. I believe that with every year going by, it is ever more capable of attracting people's attention for a new image of woman rather than a commodity.