You and Me

The encounter of two teenagers at the threshold of the twenty-first Century will lead us to revisit the last twenty years’ period as reflected by the passions and hopes, illusions, anxieties and doubts of two young lovers, who find themselves growing up in an Italy put at crossroads. On one side history’s great narration overflowed by the perils and contradictions of globalized civilization, the great themes of our times as seen from Italy: climate change, the Age of political and military imperialism at first, digital and information-technological at second; the unravelling of a national political class – Italy as a gym for past and present revolutions. On the other side, every day’s life of two teenagers, rich and complex, who cannot but filter the scene unravelled on History’s canvas through their local and family-bias, the impulses and wounds received during the development of their personalities, which will unite to separate them in the moment going to decide their story. Chiara and Gabriele, you and me, all of us and those we love, will separate themselves as to begin their own journey, deviated, in order to reunite at the point where everything seems vanishing into the darkness of void, the critical moment which opens to the possibilities of infinity.

  • Antonio Annunziata
    Writer
    Vesuvio-Project
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Io e te
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Number of Pages:
    155
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Writer Biography - Antonio Annunziata

Antonio Annunziata (Munich, 1987) lives and works in Rome. In 2015 he graduates in Comparative Literature, Theatre and Philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), with a thesis on the Poetics of Revolutionary Storycism Around 1800, and specialises in History and Theory of Cinema at the Institute of Theatre, and Philosophy of History at the Department of Philosophy. From his first term of studies onwards, he works as Tutor of French Letters for LMU’s Department of Romance Studies, and conducts two seminars with cinematic topics at LMU’s Institute of Comparative Literature. Still a student, between 2012 and 2013 he translates and edits, in collaboration with Elisabeth Zoja, the poems’ book One Year Spoken Out of the Night by Peter Handke for Moretti & Vitali.

Having graduated, he chooses to start an autodidactic career as cinema director, and in 2016 shoots his first experimental short-movie, Monster; or, Bride of Frankenstein, which proposes a new method of presenting a fashion collection by focusing on the image of woman rather than commercializing a specific product. The short-movie enters the market of the VIII La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival 2017, the world’s largest market dedicated to audiovisual fashion products, but is out of competition. He continues with experimentation in search for a digital aesthetic by shooting, between 2016 and 2018, a series of experimental documentaries, all of which have been collected by his Vesuvio-Project.

He has worked as translator and subtitler for cinema diffusion, and collaborated with Adriano Aprà by editing the cinema magazine Quaderni del CSCI 2018, and developing a PowerPoint’s concept as essay-film by creating a comprehensive overview of Roberto Rossellini’s œuvre. The PowerPoint Rossellini’s Actuality has been premiered at the IV Fronteira Festival Internacional do Filme Documentário e Experimental 2018. Still in 2018, he has been member of the Cultural Society Fuorinorma, chaired by Adriano Aprà to promote the new Italian cinema. In the same year, he is assistant director to Gianfranco Giagni for the documentary Dreams, Sex, and Broken Hearts (Readers’ Letters Tell) produced by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà. Furthermore, he directs the crowdfunding campaign Cashmere Revolution for his sister Maddalena Annunziata’s new brand, which accomplishes the prefixed goal of collecting 20.000 €.

In 2019 he applies, in collaboration with Francesco Paolo Montini, owner of Movie Factory of Rome, for the eighth edition of Biennale College Cinema with a feature-film project called You and Me, and works in tourism’s business at the Archaeological Park of the Appian Way. In 2021 he finishes writing his first feature-film (You and Me, unpublished), releases online the 2021-Cut of his Vesuvio-Project, and an experimental-informative Diptych shot between 2019 and 2021 including the titles Amoroma (2019) and Europe (2020-2021).

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Writer Statement

The concept for this project was yet presented in 2016 to the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. With a brief treatment of the same, I applied in collaboration with Francesco Paolo Montini, owner of Movie Factory of Rome, for the eighth edition of Biennale College Cinema in 2019. Now, having developed the entire screenplay, I'm confident to meet lots of interest for a story capable of bringing back to theatres many young people, and not only.