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Dystopia

Dystopia is a journey through George Halles' hallucinated unconscious mind populated by tormented memories, fears and drives. So the city in which he lives, Sendai City, is shown to us through an oniric and horrific look, becoming the representation of his mind and unconsciousness.

Voices, memories and images show us the life of George Halles. His traumas bring him to take his life and to be reconfigured in the body of a robot with a positronic brain that still contains memories from his human past. In a narrative loop, George Halles’ nightmares fight with the programming of his brain which follows Asimov’s Three Law of Robotics. The Laws speak to him throughout the movie from the lips of a spectral geisha. In this story, in which we can’t discern dream and reality, violences and crimes remain without an explanation. The only thing left is the geisha’s voice resonating and repeating the obedience to the laws of robotics.

  • Marco Bolognesi
    Director
    Parallelism, Blue Unnatural, Black Hole
  • Marco Bolognesi
    Writer
  • Bomar Studio
    Producer
    Parallelism, Blue Unnatural
  • Riccardo Nanni
    Music
    https://riccardonanni.com/credits/filmography-credits/
  • Susanna La Polla De Giovanni
    Female Voices
  • Fabiola Ricci
    Female Voices
  • Pasquale D’Amico
    2D Animation and VFX
  • Riccardo Nanni
    Sound Design
  • Lorenzo Confetta
    Sound Design
  • 7 Floor S.a.S.
    Sound Design
  • Barbara Di Micco
    Executive Producer
  • Giusi Santoro
    Production Supervisor
  • Raffaello Rossini
    Preproduction and Development
  • Riccardo Nanni
    Sound Mixing
  • Daniele Bagnoli
    Sound Mixing
  • Bagnoli Bross
    Sound Mixing
  • Monica Piazza
    Titles
  • Undervilla Productions
    Color Design
  • Marco Lombardo
    Graphics
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Dystopia
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, Experimental, Animation, Horror
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Trieste Science + Fiction Festival
    Trieste
    Italy
    October 31, 2021
    World Premiere
  • Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival
    Ravenna
    Italy
    November 1, 2021
  • El Grito (International Fantastic & Horror Film Festival)
    San Cristobal
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    November 26, 2021
  • San Francisco Another Hole In The Head
    San Francisco
    United States
    December 1, 2021
    North America
  • Horrorfest International
    St. George, Utah
    United States
    Honorable Mention
Distribution Information
  • Bomar Studio
    Distributor
    Country: Italy
Director Biography - Marco Bolognesi

Marco Bolognesi is a multidisciplinary artist and a film director of experimental cinema. He won numerous awards for his photographic work and films, including the Artist in Residence Award at the Institute of Italian Culture in London (2002), the Canadian Cinematography Award for the best short (CaCA, 2020), the best short award at the AltFF Alternative Film Festival of Toronto (2020) and Best sci-fi Award at The Indie Short Film Competition (Florida, U.S.A, 2008). He also got presented at the Rome Film Fest and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He published Protocollo (Einaudi, 2009), a cyberpunk graphic novel in collaboration with Carlo Lucarelli.
Over the years Bolognesi enjoyed strong curatorial support and exhibited extensively worldwide. He exhibited his photos and installations at the European Photography Festival (Reggio Emilia, 2012), Month of Photography (Vienna, 2012), Fin del Mundo Biennial (Mar del Plata & Valparaíso, 2014), Kunst Meran (2014), Biennial Italy-China (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), International Biennial of Curitiba (2017), MACRO (Rome, 2019).
His works feature in prominent public collections including the Collezione Farnesina and the Oscar Niemeyer Museum.

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