Private Project

The Old Man's Dream

The memory of the late wife persists strongly in the quiet life of an old man, whose routine is broken by a sudden illness that will force him to confront the flowing of time.

  • Antonio La Camera
    Flesh and Dust, Urban Shakespeare, Killer's Sight
  • Antonio La Camera
    Flesh and Dust, Killer's Sight
  • Antonio La Camera
    Flesh and Dust, Urban Shakespeare, Killer's Sight
  • Giuseppe Viggiano
    Key Cast
    Killer's Sight
  • Antonio La Camera
    Director of Photography
    Flesh and Dust, El Duelo Weird, Killer's Sight
  • Antonio La Camera
    Flesh and Dust, El Duelo Weird, Killer's Sight
  • Antonio La Camera
    Flesh and Dust, Urban Shakespeare, Killer's Sight
  • Francesco Sottile
  • Teresa Viggiano
    Assistant Director
    Killer's Sight
  • Antonio La Camera
    Flesh and Dust, Urban Shakespeare, Killer's Sight
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Il Sogno del Vecchio
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 6, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 1080p 25fps
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Saturno Film Festival
    November 26, 2016
    World premiere
    Best short movie
  • Mediterranean Film Festival - MedFF
    Fontane Bianche
  • Il Varco International Short Film Festival
    May 12, 2017
  • Roma Tre Film Festival
    May 14, 2017
  • Cardiff Mini Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 23, 2017
    UK premiere
  • Baalbeck International Short Films Festival
    August 8, 2017
    Lebanese premiere
  • Reale Film Festival
    Cinisello Balsamo
    November 3, 2017
  • Lamezia Film Fest - Mostra del Cinema di Lamezia Terme
    Lamezia Terme
    November 14, 2017
  • Pentedattilo Film Festival
    December 7, 2017
  • IveliseCineFestival
    November 30, 2017
  • Samawah International Short Film Festival
    December 30, 2017
    Iraqi premiere
  • IL Film Festival - Italian London Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 4, 2018
    Audience Award
  • Tiro International Art Festival
    October 27, 2018
Director Biography - Antonio La Camera

Antonio La Camera was born in Castrovillari, Cosenza (Italy) on 18 May 1990. After graduating with honors in Cinema and Visual Arts at the Roma Tre University, he attended courses in directing and screenwriting at the film school "Sentieri Selvaggi " in Rome.
His short films have been screened at over 90 international and national festivals including the British Film Institute "Future Film Festival" (UK), "Braunschweig Film Festival" (Germany), "Ischia Film Festival" (Italy), "Fabriano Film Fest "(Italy), Al-Nahj International Shortfilm Festival (Iraq)," CinemAmbiente - Enrivomental Film Festival "(Italy)," Terre di Cinema - International Cinematographers Days "(Italy) and was among the authors of Italian short films that represented Italy at the "RIFF - Russia-Italy Film Festival" (Russia). He has won important awards such as the award for best director awarded by the "Pázmány Film Festival" organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Budapest and the prize for the best international short film at the Turkish festival "Hak-İş Short Film Festival".
In 2018 he was a jury member at the "ICFF - International Children 's Film Festival" (India) and "Pollino Film Fest" (Italy). He is the artistic director of the “Castrovillari International Film Festival”.

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

When I was at university I read about "La Chambre Claire", an essay in which the author Roland Barthes reflects on the art of photography, investigating the relationship between image and reality. I remember that I was very fascinated by a personal stories about Barthes: after her mother's death, the French author began searching in the her photographs the "essence" of his mother, not her image.

I began to fantasize about a story on this concept and over the time the idea kept popping up regularly but it's never fully materialized.

"The Old Man's Dream" was born around June 2016 as "The Old Man's Room". I was in Rome, where I live, and I knew that within a month I would be back in Calabria, my land, an event that drives me to think about my origins and inspires me in picking up the cameras and start filming.

I didn't have a real script but a lineup of scenes to shoot, and I knew that I'd wanted to use my grandfather as the main character in a story about aging that would end with the solitary death of the protagonist surrounded by pictures of his loved ones already dead. But by the second day of shooting I was hit by a deep crisis: what was the sense of what I was doing? I really wanted to represent this story and these themes?

That day I did not get out of my house and stopped to shoot the shortmovie. I locked myself in the room, full of anxiously and discouragement: I do not "feel" what I was doing. And for me it is very important to feel a connection with what I'm telling. The next day I woke up even worse, but I had to shoot and I could not pull back. And shortly before the shooting something happened: while I walked frantically on the balcony of my house a parallel story began to draw itself in my mind. A story more personal and less driven by preconceptions from which I was initially started about the concept of oldness. I decided to graft in the original story, the figure of a dead wife who continues to live in the existence of the protagonist: I decided to enter the figure of my grandmother.

Although I do not remember my grandmother (she died when I was only 1 years old), her presence has always hovered in the house through the memories kept by those who had known and loved her.
Stories, photographs, the wedding ring of my grandfather always at his finger, they made sure that her figure still living over time.

From this base, I continued to write and direct (simultaneously) the short film totally changing it but finally managed to "feel" it.

And finished I realized that in someway the inspiration given by Barthes' reflections had unwittingly branched into the short film, finally managing to came to light.