" The whiteness of a child's mind and death "

The film is an inner monologue in the mind of a child full of sensibility who becomes aware of the death for the first time in his existence. A fact that generates anguish and a sense of precariousness of the whole. The editing, used in allegorical function, expresses this trauma and psychic torment in evocative way.
Pictures, music and scenes are edited in a non-narrative logic which favors metaphorical concatenations, and which advances through the juxtaposition of the frames and for associations of ideas designed to define the various concepts that have been expressed.

  • Antonio Montefalcone
    Director
  • Antonio Montefalcone
    Writer
    "Mark, 12, 41" - "The cold caress of fear" .
  • Antonio Montefalcone
    Producer
  • No cast
    Key Cast
  • Antonio Montefalcone
    SUBJECT
    "The child with many names" - "Mark, 12, 41" - "The cold caress of fear" .
  • Antonio Montefalcone
    Editor
  • Rafael Krux
    Music
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    " L'innocenza della mente di un bambino e la morte "
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Philosophical and psychological movie, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 5, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital - HD - H264/AVC -1080p
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 2019 Lisbon Film Rendezvous
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Portugal
    Official Selection : Semi-Finalist
  • 2019 Roma Independent Film Festival
    Roma
    Italy
    November 16, 2019
    Italian Premiere
    Official Selection: Finalist
  • 2019 Malabo International music & Film Festival
    Malabo City
    Equatorial Guinea
    December 14, 2019
    International Premiere
    Official Selection : Finalist
Director Biography - Antonio Montefalcone

Antonio Montefalcone was born in Lanciano (CH) on September 27th, 1980.

After graduating in Business Administration at the University of Pescara in November 2005 and having attending university studies in "Cultural Manager"; he followed courses in "Management in the film industry and audiovisual communication", later on by courses in "Screenwriting and film direction".

He has always been a lover of film art, so that he has tried to combine his passion with professional goals. For this reason he writes and directs independent videos and films.
Even in the past he has written numerous subjects and screenplays (especially for short films directed by other directors), as well as original subjects and unpublished screenplays of short films or feature films, sent by himself to various competitions or film festivals.
Many of these scripts, unpublished and original, have also collected some awards.
Among these works, there are:

"Pieces of a mosaic": won the First Prize as Best Screenplay in competition at the "Corto e Cultura – City of Manfredonia (FG)" festival on 07/23/2011.

"The Inverted Crucifix": obtained the First Prize as Best Screenplay among those participating, in the section of the "GALP '11 / '12" competition in Padova dedicated to original and unpublished screenplays for the cinema.

"It's not a world for me": after having been classified among the three finalists at the XII edition of the “Mitreo Film Festival” in Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Caserta), during the award ceremony of the festival in the conclusive evening of December 08th, 2012, received a Special Mention.

"The little girl with many names": won the First Prize as Best Subject in competition at the XXI edition of the “Energheia Award - Cinema section”, held in Matera on September 12th, 2015.
The subject, already published online on the contest website, has become a short film produced and made by the homonymous cultural association of Matera organizing the competition.
It was screened to the public in a national premiere during the XXII edition of the “Energheia - Cinema Award”, held in Matera on September 16th, 2016.
It is visible in film festivals, on DVDs and on the Internet (YouTube).

"Broken hearts": this work was a Finalist in the contest for screenplays of the Low Budget Cinema Festival, in Ispra (Varese) on 02/21/2016.

"The Syrian friend": after being selected among the 10 finalists for the XI edition of "Corto e Cultura Film Festival – City of Manfredonia (FG)", during the award ceremony of the festival in the final evening of July 28th, 2018, it was first classified. Winning in his section, he got the First Prize as Best Original Screenplay and unpublished among those in competition.

"Mark, 12, 41": screenplay entirely written in English for foreign festivals, represents the first international success and beyond the European borders for Antonio Montefalcone, given that it was awarded abroad, exactly in North America. After a long valuation of projects from all over the world, "Mark, 12, 41" was appreciated and selected among the 10 finalists at the 2019 Calcasieu Parish Short Film Festival, located in the city of Sulphur in Louisiana (USA) and, during the awards ceremony of May 18, 2019, was 3rd place winner in the "Best Short Script" category.
On the podium was the only script to represent Italy.

"The fourth dimension", "Slaves of pain", "The lit candle" and "The hidden eyes of the night", have passed the selections and were admitted in the final at the Torino Horror Film Festival respectively in the editions from 2010 to 2013.

Montefalcone has also written some short narrative stories. Among these latter, "The most precious good" and "The light of the lighthouse" are also published on paper anthologies, published by various national publishing houses.

As a director, Antonio Montefalcone, in 2018 has directed, edited and written a one-minute silent film. In 2019 he has directed, edited and written "The whiteness of a child's mind, and death", an experimental short movie.
This short movie was a semi-finalist in the official selection of the 2019 Lisbon Film Rendezvous, an international film festival that takes place in Portugal.
It was a Finalist in the Official Selection of the 2019 RIFF - Roma Independent Film Festival, where on November 16, 2019 with the screening to the public at the Nuovo Cinema Aquila in Rome, it had its national premiere.
It was a Finalist in the Official Selection of the 2019 Malabo International music and Film Festival, an international festival that takes place in Equatorial Guinea.

Furthermore, Antonio Montefalcone is also a Film Critic. He has written and published essays and articles on the history of cinema and film culture on the website: www.associazionealtadefinizione.it . And on line he still writes critical reviews of films released in movie theaters on the websites: www.mymovies.it and www.bestmovie.it .

Among his hobbies the author loves looking at old films and all of them (authorial movies or entertainment movies), which have a certain artistic quality. He prefers films that express existential themes with acuity, sensitivity, thickness. Among his other hobbies: beyond the journey, reading and photography, an interest in scientific, psychological and philosophical subjects.

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Director Statement

Visually, the film represents an interior monologue, an unfolding of thoughts, moods, sensations and emotions in the troubled mind of a child full of sensibility who becomes aware of death for the first time in his existence. Death is a certain fact of human existence, and in this movie it is also fear that is transmitted, anguish that is generated in the soul of people, above all in the most delicate or innocent ones.
The editing builds this process of trauma and psychic torment but also several interpretations, such as: the child could process a bereavement of a loved one, or he could feel close to his death, or he could be unexpectedly forced to face with fear of dying in immediate time, or other explanations, from the most philosophical and psychological to the most metaphysical ones (for example: what happens to the soul after death, for people who have faith), etc.
In any case, the key theme of this work is focused on the relation between the idea of death and the innocent look at the world that a child has. The discovery of death overwhelms and upsets at unconscious level, forever and in negative way, both the psyche and the mood of a person. This impact conditions in negative way a serene growth and compromises balances, strength and expression of the individual to the point of alienating and bad-relating a person to many aspects of his psyche and surrounding reality.
This subjective perception of death affects our whole existence. Disturbing in this sense is what the individual sees ruining and losing in himself, starting from the most basic, his own innocence of spirit and what good it entails.
Towards death and its acceptance (with or without the help of faith in God), the child, protagonist of this film, as anyone else, is forced to experience the devastating sense of precariousness of the whole existence, both outside and inside of him, and becomes aware of his own limitation, his own imperfection, his own incompleteness, things to which the essence of death refers.
This awareness will always leave child in a frustrating condition of suspension, psychological and existential, far from the fullness of his being and life (therefore unrealized and unfinished in himself), even and above all alone, mislaid, fragile and confused prey of a labyrinthine, chaotic, complex and relative reality (for example: lost in moral questions about “Good” and “Evil”…).
So in the film death becomes synonymous with everything that characterizes the limits of the true nature of human being and its finitude, namely imperfection, incompleteness, vulnerability, impotence. Death also becomes synonymous with the illusion of a permanent sense - purpose - utility of our temporary existence, when this existence is compared with eternity and / or with eternal oblivion after the end of time and space...
The film tries to visually represent these experiences and with its allegorical and evocative load tries to get to stimulate the interpretative and intuitive vein of the viewer. So the viewer with his intelligence, culture, sensitivity, is free from guessing with his fancy the open and metaphorical reading plans of the work.
This experimental short movie with music but without dialogues, is an introspective journey based on the fascinating and exclusive force of cinematographic editing, here used as a purely allegorical, symbolic and evocative function. There is therefore a precise figurative composition, an expressive combination of images and music that makes the whole film abstract and evocative.
It is an abstraction of allegoric scenes, in itself and between them, which is based on the theories of the use of Analogical editing by director Sergej Michajlovič Ejzenštejn, reworked in this project in a radical and personal style.
There is in this movie an abstraction of the representation of real things that is accomplished through figurative concepts. The images and the scenes are edited in a non-narrative logic which favors metaphorical concatenations, assonances and internal correlations, and which advances above all through the juxtaposition of the frames and the associations of ideas designed to define, intellectually and emotionally, the various concepts that have been expressed.