SILENT | AVANT-GARDE
2018 • 13:48 MINUTES • HD
An expressionist nightmare in which an inventor and his colleague test the ‘Automaton’, a machine able to create things from nothing. The machine works perfectly as long as the items it’s asked to create start with the letter N...in German. The results of the test will be predictably catastrophic.
IACOPO DI GIROLAMO (He/Him)
Born in 1982 in Naples, Italy. Since 2003 he has directed short films, documentaries, music videos and advertising, working in Italy, the UK, Norway, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Uganda and Kenya. Since 2015 he lives in Bristol (UK) together with his family and works as videographer for the University of the West of England.
“N” is an omage to German expressionist cinema of the early 20th Century. It is designed to be a silent film with captions instead of spoken dialogues and it plays around, in a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ manner, with German language. The main body of the story is based on an episode from Stanislaw Lem’s “Cyberiade” and is reconstructed as a sci-fi/fantasy fable.
The film was made on an extremely tight budget, however, it had the contribution of great Italian artists such as set-designer Bruno Garofalo, photographer and artist Chiara Coccorese and it co-stars theatre actor/director Cristian Izzo.
The soundtrack, composed and recorded by Marcello Vitale, is an essential part of this work with the music functioning as both an emotional guide, and providing the film’s sound effects, in true expressionist fashion.