Solitude On Demand

A man escapes from the chaos of the city and climbs on a solitary hill in search of solitude - and he shall find it, in person.

  • Luca Zambianchi
    Bassa Marea (Low Tide, 2014)
  • Luca Zambianchi
    Bassa Marea (Low Tide, 2014)
  • Luca Zambianchi
    Bassa Marea (Low Tide, 2014)
  • Gianfranco Boattini
    Closed box - a scatola chiusa (2013)
  • Gianfranco Boattini
    Key Cast
    Gabani' (2012), Closed box - a scatola chiusa (2013)
  • James Foschi
    Key Cast
  • Ugo Casadio
    Original Soundtrack
    Gabani' (2012), Closed box - a scatola chiusa (2013)
  • Luca Zambianchi
    Bassa Marea (Low Tide, 2014)
  • Luca Zambianchi
    Bassa Marea (Low Tide, 2014)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Solitudine On Demand
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  • Genres:
    comedy, drama
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    200 EUR
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  • Valdarno Cinema Fedic 2016
    San Giovanni Valdarno (Italia)
    May 3, 2016
    Official Selection Fedic Award
  • Massachusetts Independent Film Festival 2016
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    United States
    August 28, 2016
    International première
    Official Selection
  • 67th Montecatini International Film Festival 2016
    October 6, 2016
    Official Selection
  • 13th Sedicicorto Film Festival 2016
    October 7, 2016
    Official Selection
  • 6th Foggia Film Festival
    November 26, 2016
    Out of competition
Director Biography - Luca Zambianchi

Born in Bologna in 1992, he showed a practical interest for cinema and creative writing since the age of ten, but felt his duty was to study scientific subjects. During high school, he won the first prize in a fiction writing contest and got the special mention in the same contest the following year. After high school, he moved to London to study and graduate in Management, while simultaneously obtaining the film directing foundation certificate taught by Chris Thomas and attending screenwriting workshops at Raindance (London). In 2014, he was co-director of the student production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Back to Italy for his Master’s, he continues to write short and feature screenplays. His first short film “Bassa Marea” (Low Tide, 2014) was selected at the XII Sedicicorto Film Festival. He is currently a Raindance premium member.

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Director Statement

This short film was born out of my intimate need to deal with the theme of solitude.
In any city or place in the world I have found myself as an inhabitant or a visitor so far, I consistently perceived great solitude in people and things.
Despite the fact that our hectic, membership-obsessed society is doing all it can to treat our solitude as if it was a disease rather than an opportunity, solitude never ceased to exist; in fact, in this way, it is somehow “illegalised”, neglected and downgraded to a second-class state of the soul, ultimately becoming even harder to accept.
Such non-acceptance of solitude, which makes us so desperately sociable and incapable of staying alone even when we could, led me to ask myself: what would the Solitude tell us, if it could become human and speak our language?

The initial film idea was, therefore, to build a character around the Solitude.
Thus, I decided to give it a human look, a fallible personality made of certainties as well as uncertainties, including acidities and melancholies typical of who is doing a neglected profession.
When I started writing the screenplay, I knew what I would like to get at the end: a harmonic balance of irony, melancholy and satirical criticism.
The directing style that I applied is deliberately discreet. Given such a dialogue-intensive script, I believed that a baroque, aesthetically-complex directing style would make the audience’s job much harder. So, I decided to put direction entirely at the service of the screenplay, hence providing the audience with a simpler frame to interpret the content.

The production, managed by Gianfranco Boattini and myself, was carried out on zero budget (the currency after the “zero” has little influence). The crew was reduced down to the bone, with few people holding many roles – including myself, as I was simultaneously director, cinematographer and sole camera operator, in addition to co-producer and overall organiser.
After six days of external shooting overawed by wind gusts and insects that unstoppably flew around the microphones, we did the last camera roll, made a toast and went back home. Some members of the crew would be back to their everyday jobs the following morning; somebody else – including myself – would enjoy the benefits of university life (i.e. sleep till late). Tired, we came back to our routine, yet with the acquired awareness of having accomplished a little cultural enterprise. Or at least this is what they told me, perhaps to make me happy.

“Solitudine On Demand” intends to be an ironic payback by solitude.
I hope I succeeded.