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Stryx

"Stryx" tells the story of Victor, a young homosexual, dynamic and sunny boy whose greatest passion is theater. A love for art that leads him to face his life with his best friend, David, a bond profound that unites them in a society hostile to their sexual and gender identity. Victor, a precarious employee at a municipal library, on a particularly boring day meets Luca, a former schoolmate he hasn't seen for years, with whom he re-establishes a friendship relationship, Luca will discover that he has a strong attraction for Victor, which is why he will start a true love story hidden from society and very hesitant. The latter fearing a wrong judgment on the part of people and in particular that of Luca, hides her nocturnal work, or her purely artistic transformation into Victoria, a drag queen who loves makeup, women's clothes and the absolute power of the Theater. to maximum artistic expression, surrounded by a new family that accepts her for what she is. David hides the true essence of him behind his fake stupidity, Victor will turn him into a Drag King, to allow him to feel like a real man and live his identity freely. For this David taking courage will find himself exposing himself in order to protect his best friend. Mami is the director of the theater, a gay man, resolute who loves his boys as if they were his children. But an artistic world with this nuance is not well regarded; in fact, he will find himself facing serious economic problems that he will try in every way to solve. In Victor's life everything goes well, a daily life with very open minded people who see beyond. Until one day at the theater, an electrician will show up, who turns out to be Luca. In the chance meeting between the two, a quarrel breaks out, which will lead Luca to move away because by not accepting his own sexuality, he repudiates Victor's acceptance. Taken by despair and under Mami's advice, he leaves the theater taking a break to metabolize the story just ended, looking for a way to re-accept his alter ego, as an integral part of his life. Encouraged by David who has never stopped waiting for him and after an act of liberation where the latter expresses all his thoughts, Victor even if not totally sure, returns to the show. The return triggers a mix of emotions in him, which the public will appreciate, making him rediscover a certainty that he had never had until that moment. And it is only in that instant that everyone becomes aware that they are not wrong, an inner revenge, thus deciding to show themselves to the world for what they are.

  • Martina Cristofaro
    Director
  • Martina Cristofaro
    Writer
  • Emanuele Luigi Cuomo
    Producer
  • Emanuele Luigi Cuomo
    Key Cast
    "Victor/Viktoria"
  • Martina Cristofaro
    Key Cast
    "David"
  • Roberto Russo
    Key Cast
    "Luca"
  • Marco Gambardella
    Key Cast
    "Vanalya "
  • Mario Bracigliano
    Key Cast
    "Mami"
  • Alessandra Marrone
    Key Cast
    "Daniela"
  • Alfonso Davide Guarino
    Key Cast
    "Alfonso"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    STRYX
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Paris Film Festival
    Paris
    July 30, 2021
    Paris Premiere
    Selected best LGBTQ short film
  • Vesuvius international film fest
    Napoli
    Italy
    August 25, 2021
    Finalist: LGBT short
  • Kalakari film festival
    Kalakari
    India
    October 2, 2021
    Mumbai
    Official selection
  • Premio fausto Rossano
    Napoli
    Italy
    October 1, 2021
    Napoli
    Spazio Campania
  • Trans teen film festival
  • OMOVIES film festival
    Napoli
    Italy
    November 1, 2021
    Napoli
    Official selection
Director Biography - Martina Cristofaro

Martina Cristofaro was born in Naples in 1996.
Since she was a child she has expressed her artistic side in the amateur field as an actress and creator
of small theatrical shows. At the age of 6 years, she was diagnosed with a rare pathology, but her
her desire to see the world as a concentration of art forms gives her the strength to never give in to her
never give in to her health adversities, leading her to engage more in her
continuous creations. Her move to Rome and in her continuous travels, she has always found
many culturally diverse inspirations, participating in many projects as a screenwriter and
creator.
She graduated in 2018 from the Academy of Theatrical and Cinematographic Arts.
- Totò Theatre, where she held the direction on an autobiographical essay entitled "The Last Soul".
He participated in a specialized course in dramaturgy with Mario Gelardi, at the Teatro
Holiness of Naples, where he wrote a figurative monologue for the photographic exhibition of Ciro
Battiloro.
She arrived at the final of the "Coppa Nazionale Italia, Performer Arti Scenico Sportive" with a
own elaborate, a mashup between the song of the same name "Via del Campo - Fabrizio De Andrè" and
written inner reflections, entitled "Questione di Altri-menti" (A Matter of Other Minds).

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