|Marco and Riccardo Di Gerlando March/April Monthly Film Competition Finalists|
|By Marco and Riccardo Di Gerlando|
|Tuesday, 28 April 2009|
Marco and Riccardo talk about themselves and their film Taxi, which as well as being in the final six this month, won The Reelshow Italian Student Filmmakers Festival at the end of last year.
Twin brothers Marco and Riccardo Di Gerlando were born in Sanremo (IM) Italy 28 years ago.
After a few self-produced short films, they founded the Sanremo Cinema Cultural Association in 2002 and have since then written and directed numerous short films, documentaries and one full length film.
In less than 4 years they have won about thirty national and foreign awards.
They graduated in film direction from the School of Cinematographic Art A. Gregorini (SDAC) with top marks. They are currently undergraduates of DAMS in Imperia and are starting the planning of their new full length film.
Taxi was freely inspired by the Dylan Dog cartoon written by Tiziano Sclavi.
The theme of the film is death. The use of very contrasting black and white initially recalls the cartoon but is then dominated by the vital elements: white being the light and therefore life; black representing darkness and therefore death.
Leone is a very normal taxi driver, aware (possibly) of being a modern-day Caronte – a ferrymaster of souls.
In the film,we have symbolically wanted to pay homage to the theme of the death of the real cinema that unfortunately – at least here in Italy – is losing its stand.
Taxi has won many awards, among which the prize for best film at The Piglio Independent Film Festival. Heading the panel of judges was well-known director Enzo G. Castellari, author of many films in the ‘70s in particular “That Cursed BLINDATO Train” which is currently being remade by Quentin Tarantino.
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