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The Bloody Illusion (15m/23m version available)

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A man, rusty by the his daily work, gets pity with the help of alcohol forgetting about his family and responsibilities. His wife, with broken illusions, knows that her children won't have a future with their fathers regular condition.
Hours of darkness come by and this women decides to change her future for ever, she escapes with her children from their farm to the golden city. Her husband awakes drunk from bed as usual and searching for a drink he smells the absence of family, he will run as fast as he can with the bloody illusion to win them back forever.
Filmed as an experimental film duo to the odd coincided that the director found out that the script he wrote was part of a real story of an old couple that lived isolated in the suburbs of Santa Fé, Argentina. They both insisted in acting after reading the script even though they have never acted in there lifes. There acting method will be remembering those hard days, struggling with their relationship and alcohol, by actually living them on film to metaphorize a message of forgiveness, love, hope. To live their life for the art of film-making...

  • Sergio Bonacci Lapalma
  • Sergio Bonacci Lapalma
  • Sergio Bonacci Lapalma
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La maldita ilusión
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  • Genres:
    Documentary, Experimental, Drama
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 17, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • "Cultural Interest" by the Municipality of Las Tunas
    Las Tunas, Santa Fe
    May 22, 2014
    America premiere
    Declared "Cultural Interest" for its work
  • Doc Outlook-International Market of Visions du Réel International Film Festival (Switzerland, Nyon)

    April 16, 2014
    Europe premire
  • FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival Film Festival
    Espinho, Portugal
    June 23, 2014
    Portugal premiere
    Vaughan, Toronto, Canada
    October 15, 2014
    Canada Premiere
  • Festival del Centro de Investigación y Experimentación de Vídeo y Cine
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    September 17, 2014
    Buenos Aires, Premiere
    Grand Audience Choice Award
  • X Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    September 30, 2014
    Singapore, Asia
    March 15, 2015
  • Atlas & Aeris in Cinematography 2015 Digital Awards
    New York City, U.S.A.
    January 15, 2015
    North America Premiere
    Best Edeting
  • The Film Festival of Women MARIALIONZA
    March 8, 2015
    Venezuela premiere
  • Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2015
    Moscow, Russia
  • No Festival Required Independent Cinema
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    June 11, 2015
    Arizona Premire
  • Festival REC
    La Plata, Buenos Aires
    June 7, 2015
    La Plata Premiere
  • Ahmednagar International Short Film Festival
    Maharashtra, India.
    May 16, 2015
    Indian Premiere
  • 7mo Festival Latinoamericano de Cortometrajes ImageneSociales
    La Rioja, Argentina
    August 13, 2015
    La Rioja Premiere
  • 10° Festival de Cortometrajes: Pizza, Birra y Cortos 2015
    Galvéz, Santa Fé, Argentina
    October 11, 2015
    Santa Fé Premiere
  • 5° Fetival Internacional de Video Arte - FIVA. 2015
    Buenos Aires
    November 22, 2015
Director Biography - Sergio Bonacci Lapalma

Sergio Bonacci Lapalma - Director, Cinematographer and VJ is an Argentine American writer, director, producer and cinematographer born in Los Angeles and currently living in Argentina. Lapalma started his career at St. George College of Quilmes, Centro de Investigación y Experimentación de Cine y Video (CIEVyC) and Centro de Formación Profesional del Sindicato de Cine (CFP SICA) respectively, where he studied under notable figures as Eduardo Müller and Cannes Film Festival winner Santiago Loza as well as Oscar winners Juan José Campanella and Aida Bortnik. Lapalma has been awarded numerous distinctions for photography, sound, production and direction including recognition for his short film "The Bloody Prey" in the international festival of Spain, “Immaginando a Buñuel”. In Argentina he won Best Short Film and Best Montage at the 18° Festival of the CIEVyC. His short film, "The Bloody Illusion (2014)", has been selected in Doc Outlook-International Market of Visions du Réel 2014 International Film Festival (Switzerland, Nyon). Lapalmas latest release Soy Ringo with official support from INCAA (Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales) was debuted at the 2014 BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival). He was also awarded Best Photography by the Theater of Rojas at the Theatre of the World Festival in 2010 for the play “El Ardor”. Lapalma has worked with such critically acclaimed actors as Guillermo Francella (2008 Oscar winner), Boy Olmi, Alejandro Paker, Xavier Alberti, Marcelo D'Andrea, Ricardo Holcer, Marcela Bidegain, to name a few. Lapalma has made numerous music videos for the legendary Argentine psychedelic band, Poseidotica, is currently working in creating the visual album for the band Lulacruza shot by French videomaker, Vincent Moon. Not to forget his video-jockey works that he does for the folk-chacarera -rock band: Los Guauchos, some works that he has done for Poseidotica and for the argentine icon in folklore: Los Carabajal.
Lapalma is now developing a feature film from the adaptation of a theatre play by the respected Catalan playwright Josep Maria Benet i Jornet. (

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