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BACK TO PRESENT 20'

Palmira, a very famous 1990s actress, falls into a coma following an accident. Once wake up she comes back to the year 2022. During a party organized by her agent Thomas to celebrate her return to life, Palmira realizes that many things are changed during 30 years. Thomas explains her that the invention of the mobile and the advent of social networks have upset their way to communicate and introduces her to Katiusha, a young sexy influencer.
Katiusha will help Palmira to promote her image on web to discover the world of social media.
Palmira has a hard time following katiuscia because things have changed a lot in 30 years and the world seems turned upside down
How will Palmira live in this crazy virtual reality?

  • MAX Nardari
    Director
  • Max Nardari
    Writer
  • Fausto Petronzio
    Writer
  • Max Nardari
    Producer
  • Daniela Poggi
    Key Cast
    "Palmira"
  • Attilio Fontana
    Key Cast
    "Thomas"
  • Clizia Fornasier
    Key Cast
    "Katiusha"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    RITORNO AL PRESENTE
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1,85
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Emera Film
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - MAX Nardari

Max Nardari is a director, screenwriter, producer, and composer.
He was born in Padua, Italy. He would later get his master's degree at the DAMS in Bologna with a dissertation on narrative techniques in the movies of Pedro Almodovar.

He then moved to Rome and got a diploma as a cinema director at the University of Cinecittà and screenwriting at the RAI . His career began with the alternation between film making and songwriting, writing and collaborating with many Italian artists such as Raf, Fabrizio Moro, Paola & Chiara, Andrea Mirò, and Simonetta Spiri.

In 2003 he created his own studio company, Reset Production Srl, with which he produced several films: short movies, documentaries, music videos, and commercials. He collaborated with film societies in Milan, such as Filmaster and BRW & partners.
Between 2011 and 2013, Max realizes a trilogy of short movies with reflections on diversity, homophobia, racism, and favoritism in modern society: Lui & L'altro, Lei & L'altra e Noi & Gli Altri, distributed by Rai Cinema and Rai television.

In 2015 Max directed his first full-length movie, co-produced by two Italian and two Russian studio companies. The film is released in Russia in March 2017 with 470 copies. Paradise productions distributed it with the title Liubov Pret-a-Portè. In the cast, Giancarlo Giannini, Alessandro Borghi, Nino Frassica, Paolo Conticini, Andrea Preti, Tosca D'Aquino, Olga Pogodina e Larisa Udovichenko.
The Italian version with the title “Di tutti i colori” (of all colors) is released to cinemas in July of 2019 with Whale Pictures.
In Italy, the movie is awarded the Love Film Festival of Perugia for the Best Director and the Terra di Siena Film Festival as the Best Comedy of 2019.
Abroad, the film is the finalist of the Global Cinema Festival at Siliguri in West Bengal, and the Festival International pour le Cinèma Casablanca.

In 2016 Max wrote, directed, and produced the comedy “La Mia Famiglia a Soqquadro”, which is released in April 2017 in the cinema circuits The Space and Uci, distributed by Europictures. In the cast, Marco Cocci, Bianca Nappi, Gabriele Caprio, Eleonora Giorgi, Elisabetta Pellini, Elisa Di Eusanio e Ninni Bruschetta. The international premiere was July of 2016 at the Tokyo Festival, and the film was the only Italian movie amongst the finalists with the international title “The Family Jumble”.
The film was sold and distributed in many Asian countries and on the UK Spafax Airlines by the German vendors' Medialuna. On television, the film got a 20% average TV viewing share within the first night on RSI, the most important Swiss channel, and was released the 7th september 2021 on RAI 1 with 20% share.
Currently, the movie has a global audience on Rai Play also on Amazon Prime.

In 2017, Max wrote, directed, and produced his eighth short movie “Uno di Noi”, broadcasted as a preview on Rai 1. The movie received a 10% average TV viewing share. In the cast: Axen and Simone Montedoro.
In 2018 Max directed and produced two short movies “Invisibile” and "L'amore non ha religione," distributed in 2020, in TV preview on RAI PLAY. The movies were finalists in various European film festivals.

In September 2018, during the 75ª edition of the International Film Festival of Venezia, Max was awarded the Premio Leone di Vetro as Best Director and as Venetian prestigious personality.

In March 2019, Max and Marco Matteucci directed the short drama movie “Gocce D'acqua”, winner of the Terra di Siena Film Festival 2019 and distributed since 2020 by Rai Cinema Channel.

Starting from 2019, Max is the Artistic Director of Sabaudia Studios, the famous and historical Italian Comedy Festival of Sabaudia (Latina, Italy) co-hosted with Tosca D'Aquino. The show will last ten days, and it will register a great success in terms of the public with a presence of almost 10,000 spectators. In September 2019, for the second time, Max was the Artistic Director of the second edition of the Russian Film Festival Premio Felix, co-hosted with Elisabetta Pellini.

In June 2020, Max appears for the first time as a songwriter with his single in English, “Fragile”, distributes by The Orchard (Sony Music). An animated music video presents the single about the planet's environmental matter after the Coronavirus Pandemic. The music video is co-directed by Max Nardari and Emiliano Leone, an expert on visual effects.

Currently, Max is working on different areas: the new feature movie and international comedy "Friens by chance" (Amici per caso); the short film "Back to the Present" (Ritorno al presente) about the social networks. He is also preparing his first motivational book on creativity, which is expected by march 2022, exclusively on Amazon Prime.

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Director Statement

ENGLISH
The short film BACK TO PRESENT wants, ironically, to highlight the problem of incommunicability: social media and technologies risk being harmful, if not properly managed.
In a comparison between past and present, thanks also to the professionalism and irony of the actors, I would like to invite you to reflect on issues such as privacy, addiction to social media and virtual reality, that are taking more and more time away from real life.
I want to tell a story that now belongs to our contemporary world, prompting viewers to wonder what is the boundary between what is normal and what is not.
The goal is just to touch such important topics, using fresh, immediate language of comedy, to reach more easily everyone.
The whole characters of the story are inevitably involved, and Palmira, the protagonist, will be forced to make a path of change .
Sometimes the best way to help people thinking is laughing even though in tears.
This short film would be a sophisticated comedy as for example the film Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2006) and La famille Bélier (Eric Lartigau, 2014).
The film is intended for everybody. The kids will participate in the events of our young players, while adults will appreciate the lightness with which the theme of addiction to social media is approached.

ITALIAN
Il cortometraggio vuole raccontare in modo ironico il dramma dell’incomunicabilità dei nostri giorni: i social e la tecnologia rischiano di essere nocivi se non gestiti adeguatamente.
In un confronto fra passato e presente, grazie anche alla professionalità e all’ironia degli attori proposti, vorrei invitare ad una riflessione su tematiche come la privacy, la dipendenza dai social e la realtà virtuale che stanno togliendo sempre più tempo alla vita vera.
Essendo trevigiano e avendo vinto vari premi tra cui il Leone di Vetro alla 75° Mostra del Cinema di Venezia del 2018 e ci tenevo particolarmente a girare questo mio 12° cortometraggio proprio nella mia terra.
Sono felice di aver vinto il bando della Regione Veneto e di aver collaborato con una troupe prevalentemente così giovane e di bravissimi professionisti.
Avevo già avuto modo di collaborare anche con il Festival di Vittorio Veneto, storico e prestigioso Festival di Elisa Marchesini, realizzato con la collaborazione di Rai Cinema e di molti altri partners ed è stato bello lavorare anche con il loro staff per i vari casting che abbiamo fatto in Veneto per tutto il mese che ha anticipato le riprese.
Ho molto a cuore il tema delle dipendenze dai social network e trovo molto interessante la collaborazione che faremo con il famoso centro La Promessa (https://www.lapromessa.org) che si occupa tra le varie cose di dipendenza compulsiva a internet, un tema molto importante perché tantissimi giovani senza rendersene conto occupano troppo tempo sui social a discapito della realtà.