Each time one of my films gets selected to a festival I feel very satisfied, of course, albeit it is obvious that some festivals do have a greater impact then others because of their history, audience, aura.
Among them the FICT (the Torrelavega International Short Festival), that is held from May 20th to June 3rd at the Teatro Municipal Concha Espina in the town of Torrelavega in Cantabria, Northern Spain. A festival with a very long and prestigious tradition, that has gone as far as its 18th edition!
Therefore, I will beg your pardon for feeling some pride in announcing that “Dignity” has been selected to compete this year, and it will be screened on May 29th, at 7 pm.
I made it!! I won!! Best music video at the Polish International Film Festival!! I am surprised, really.. one of the categories was “jazz” so I guessed it would have naturally won there but I actually won in the main one: WOW! I am delighted…. I love this video, I put all my heart into it!
I put so much passion and love in this video – both for Daniel Karlsson Trio‘s music and for the spectacular locations – that I cannot help being elated each time it gets some recognition, however small. In this case, not so small, being it the Polish International Film Festival.
I am really really delighted for this new recognition of my “Dignity”, that just won TWO merit awards at the Docs Without Borders Film Festival in Nassau (USA). One as “Human Spirit Short” – which is particularly important for me – and the second for its “Excellence for Cinematography”. I am extremely pleased that the value of the images filmed with Fabrizio Del Dotto and Darim A. Da Prato, with the aid of Cinzia Bolognini, is acknowledged in its own merit. We were a small but big team that looked with respect and love at the young girls we met thanks to Emanuela Bonavolta. Thank you all once again!
I have just completed a new video I shot for one of my favorite indie bands of all times, Anywhen, led by the musician Thomas Feiner. David Sylvian loved their third (and last) album, ["The Opiates" (2001)] so much that he decided to rerelease and distribute it -seven years after the first release- for his label Samadhisound. The rerelease included two new songs (on of them the magnificent Yonderhead) and it made this great musician famous abroad. “The Opiates” is still his most popular work, but the first two albums are also very enjoyable even though they sound more like britpop. I decided to have a fun go with The Ultimate Independent, a track from the second album (simply titled “Anywhen”) for which Feiner wrote lyrics I really like: teen and naïve but also full of incorruptible strength and unwillingness to compromise. As actors, I chose two young sisters (Mimi and Agnes Bergquist) and the band’s bassist, Mikael Moiner (Mikael Andersson at the time) that -for this song only- “stole” the role of lead singer from Feiner in the chorus. Peter Hernqvist, Lotta Eldh and Ralf Markenstrand also had some fun with us along the way. This album was released in Sweden in 1996, and in Europe in 1997, so it’s twenty years now! Read more →