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AWAKENING

A young man is challenged by his Master to face the greatest fear of his life: passing through the Gate which separates his past from what he would become.

  • Riccardo Berdini
    Director
    The Order, Body of Sin, Fool Us
  • Stefano Poletti
    Director
    The Order, Giuseppina
  • Giovanni Natale
    Writer
    The Order
  • Riccardo Berdini
    Producer
    The Order, Body of Sin, Fool Us
  • Giovanni Natale
    Producer
    The Order
  • Stefano Poletti
    Producer
    The Order, Giuseppina
  • Riccardo Berdini
    Key Cast
    "Husband"
    The Order, Body of Sin, Fool Us
  • Francesca Della Ragione
    Key Cast
    "Wife"
    Bollicine, La Banda Dei Tre, Crazy
  • Riccardo Berdini
    Music
    The Order, Body of Sin, Fool Us
  • Fabio Valdemarin
    Music
    The Order
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Riccardo Berdini, Stefano Poletti

Riccardo Berdini is an award winning Italian musical performer. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a movie director, actor and action stunt coordinator. He's also an accomplished mentalist and hypnotist, member of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Stefano Poletti is an award winning italian music video director. His first short movie "Giuseppina" won several awards in festivals all around the world.

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Director Statement

Awakening is the second part od a diptych about Free Will.
Based on a poem by Italian poet Giovanni Natale and inspired by director such as Terrence Malick, Lars Von Trier and Christopher Nolan we wanted to give the spectator an experience that have the feelings of a Zen Chinese story about wisdom and happiness.
We also tried to create an unusual musical experience where the score is important to describe the feelings of our character as much as the images. The importance of music to emotionally connect the character's journey with the spectator is highly underrated. Even the end title's song it's still part of the cathartic experience we want the spectator to live.
As for the the theme we wanted to concluded what we started with our previous short "The Order". Once we accept that our mind is constantly controlled by external stimulations and society tell us how to live, how can we achieve freedom? What are our priority in life? What are we afraid of to be truly happy? How can we overcome our fears?
The answers are behind The Gate.