Life of M.

“Who are we, where do we come from, where are we going?
Is the world upside down?
Are we a tipping point in our civilization?”

All in all, minor questions...

However, let's try to focus on a particular age of the human being: the fifties.
What is the state of mind of a fifty-year-old?
How does he see things?
What is the world that surrounds him, with its thousands of clichés, foibles, urgencies and contradictions?

M. answers in an unequivocal way: his is a black and white world, surreal, with no props, but rich in sounds and environmental effects, in which the spectator becomes co-protagonist, completing with his fantasy the reality that M. suggests.

His tactic, as it will be well understood, is that of irony, of sharp humor, of the disillusionment of age. But without ever giving in to cynicism or vulgarity and with the comic timing of silent cinema.
A leap backwards to find a new way of communication.

M. speaks Italian, but his language is universal.

In this short film we wanted to link several short sketches in order to create a story telling for anyone who wants to identify with M., at any moment of his day, or his life.

M. doesn't offer solutions, doesn't have salvific recipes, he doesn't propose a moral or impose judgments.

To conclude:
life is often an ugly battle... but smiling, after all, is our most powerful weapon of protection.

  • Luca Vasco
  • Luca Vasco, Marco Troiano
  • EX Aequo productions
  • Marco Troiano
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Vita di M.
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    leggero, comico, divertente, riflessivo, comedy, sitcom, webseries, shortepisode, funny, hylarious, laugh
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Director Biography - Luca Vasco

Born in Rome 4/4/1963, he obtained a language certificate in 1983 and in 1984 began his television training at the InterTv studios in Milan, as a cameraman for Rai, Fininvest and Swiss Television.

From 1985 to 1987 he was director of photography and freelance video operator for various production companies in Milan.
He worked as a freelance operator in Mediaset theatres for another three years, in major studio productions for Rete 4 and Canale 5. He began working with Rai, as a freelance director.
He then became director of photography and director for Rai and Fininvest productions until 1988, when he founded the company New Format s.r.l. in Milan, which produced films and documentaries for Rai Uno, Rai Tre, BBC, ZDF and Mediaset.

Since 1993 he has been producer and director for the production company Ex Aequo, of which he is a founder.

With Ex Aequo he continues the planning, direction and post-production of television programmes and reports, journalistic investigations from Europe and the rest of the world, documentaries, TV formats and web series.

He is also a composer of soundtracks and original music for television and the web, registered with the SIAE as a composer of original music since 1996.

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