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Becoming Orpheus

"Becoming Orpheus" is a silent short movie based on Ovid's Orpheus and Eurydice poem. London, late twenties, an actor is playing Orpheus role in a colossal silent movie. He is still mourning for his beloved wife recently passed away, she was supposed to play the role of Eurydice. After her tragic death, the movie had to go on with a new leading actress. During the shooting of the film, her ghost appears to the actor, and he thinks that through the costumes she may come back from the "Underworld". Reality and fantasy worlds come together and telling the difference becomes impossible. Is he really seeing her or is just a fantasy? Is the performer going to the Underworld, as Orpheus did, or this is just a daydream? No matter whether is the true, the man has started to turn into a modern Orpheus.

  • Rachele Terrinoni
  • Bernardo Bacciardi
  • Rachele Terrinoni
  • Rachele Terrinoni
  • Ben LaMontagne- Schenck
    Key Cast
    "the actor/ Orpheus"
  • Liisa Zukova
    Key Cast
    "the wife/ Eurydice"
  • Bernardo Bacciardi
  • Rachele Terrinoni
    Set and Costume Designer-Maker
  • Andrea Mathe
    Hair and Make up Artist
  • UAL-London College of Fashion
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  • Genres:
    Romance, silent movie, mythological
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography - Rachele Terrinoni, Bernardo Bacciardi

-Rachele Terrinoni is a set and costume designer/maker both for screen and stage, she started her career in Rome in 2006 and currently lives in UK to complete the MA Costume Design for Performance at LCF (UAL).
She recently won the 2019 UAL Grayson Perry Chancellor Challenge.


-Bernardo Bacciardi is an independent director and filmmaker, mainly based in UK, he founded the Brave Film Productions in 2016 and works for several fashion, music and show companies.

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Director Statement

This silent short movie aims to portray the beautiful Orpheus and Eurydice myth with an original and poetic interpretation. This is a pastel tone color film, besides the B/W flashback scene in the "Underworld", every scene is surrounded by a poignant music that accompanies all the events and the protagonists' feelings which are shown only through physical acting (no words). As a period fashion movie, the romantic story gives the chance to focus on the handmade costumes, which are the core of the whole narrative as well as some elegant props and objects. Not only does "Becoming Orpheus" depict the story of a man missing his soulmate, but also the role of art and performance as necessary means to achieve immortality. As Orpheus, a musician, used his talent to move Hades, the Underworld King, and obtain a chance to have his wife back, this short movie male character sees his Eurydice while he is acting. He realized that when he is dressed up as Orpheus, his wife ghost comes back to visit him, wearing Eurydice's costume. Is the Underworld inside him or it really exists? Are these visions real or just daydreams? Even though those questions remain still unsolved, in the end, the viewers will assist to the man transformation into Orpheus and challenging the limit between the living and dead words, only to see his beloved once again.