Monelle
35mm film, CGI animation, color, sound, 13'56'' in loop, 2017
Screening version: 16'04''; screening format: 35mm, 1:33 1, Dolby SR

A number of little girls lie asleep between the intersections and the architectural elements of the Casa del Fascio in Como, design by Giuseppe Terragni—one of the most important modernist architecture. Flashlights shine in the space, making the images appear for an instant–just the time necessary for the exposed frames to register with the viewer’s gaze before being plunged back into darkness. Around the sleeping bodies, some presences developed in CGI animation occupy the architecture and move around the space in obscure activities: nothing of their actions is visible to us, except in the fragments in which the image shows itself under the flashlight. Monelle is a circular film without any narrative or hierarchy, without a beginning or an end, and it circumscribes a place of promiscuity and ambiguity between the different formats used—35mm and CGI animation—and the approaches of two opposites film attitudes—the structural cinema and the horror genre.

Festivals & screenings
– International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018, Bright Future Short Official Selection
– Cinéma du réel 2018, International Shorts Competition
– Courtisane Festival 2018
– Fracto / Experimental Film Encounter
– Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2018, Deframed Competition [winner / Jury Award]
– III Encuentro Cinematográfico Cámara Lúcida
– Beijing International Short Film Festival 2018
– Cortocircuito / 15° Festival Internacional de Cine [winner / Explora Award + Young Jury Award] 
– 14° Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de La Plata
– BFI London Film Festival 2018, Experimenta / Short Film Award  
– doclisboa'18 / 16° Festival Internacional de Cinema / New Visions 
– Frontera-Sur Film Festival 2018 
– Lo Schermo dell'Arte 2018  


Full crew & credits
Produced by
In Between Art Film
Co-produced by
Ermes-Ermes

With the support of
Guardia di Finanza, Comando Provinciale Como
Archivio Terragni, Como
Archivio Nazionale Cinema d’Impresa, Ivrea
In collaboration with
Beyond Entropy, London
Musil – Museo dell’Industria e del Lavoro, Brescia

Cast
Giulia Ambrosoli, Emma Bertolini, Carlotta Cardinale,
Alberta Casali, Alessia Fontana, Vidushi Samarasinghe
Cast Coordinator
Laura Cavalleri

Cinematography
Pierluigi Laffi
Camera Operator
Diego Marcon
Camera Assistant
Massimo Pozzoli
Visual Effects
Diego Zuelli
Online editor
Cristina Sardo
Color Grading
Claudio Beltrami
Sound
Federico Chiari

Production Supervisor
Silvia Cipriani
Production Assistant
Sara Ravelli
Script Supervisor
Alessia Bruno

Backstage Photography
Marco Cappelletti, Delfino Sisto Legnani

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Monelle, film frame

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Monelle
Installation view, “Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on Baroque”, Fondazione Prada, Milano, IT
Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti
Courtesy Fondazione Prada

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Monelle, behind the scenes. Photos: Marco Cappelletti, Delfino Sisto Legnani

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Monelle, 2 of 4 film posters. Graphic design: Luigi Amato