Modern Love Short Slot
Sat Feb 29, 2020 – 2:30 pm | Hendricks Arts Center
Directed by Gianluca Santoni
Italy| 20 min | 2019
The story of Luna and Angel is an unusual story of love, which goes beyond the cages and the judgment of others
“The Nephew” is a film about the complexity and the cruelty of the adult world. As we grow up we are irremediably pulled out of our innocence through different rites of passage. I wanted to tell the story of a one night encounter that is grounded in its time, but still resonates with the reality of present days: the need to constantly re-assert the domination of manhood, the full-fledged reign of phallocracy in a profoundly hierarchical society. As we discover the character of Céline – the prostitute who has been “booked” for him – the film opens a new perspective to underline the fate of those at the bottom, whose hopes and dreams have long been crushed by structural injustices, that we too often take for granted.
Gianluca Santoni was born in 1991 in Fermo. He moved to Rome in 2010, where he attended courses in directing, served as an assistant for web series, commercials, short films and worked as a filmmaker. From 2013 to 2015 he attended the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome. In this period the publicity short with a social background “With food is not joking” for Expo, the web series “Genitori vs Figli” for Rai Fiction, some music videos and four short films, including his short diploma: “Gionatan with the G “. In 2017 he won the Solinas Prize for the best subject for: “Me and the Secco.”