|I don't know what lies ahead for the Italian narrative short subject titled Sunspots, directed by Stella di Tocco (shown at right in the two photos, left and below) from a screenplay by Enrique Esteve (shown at left in the two photos, left and below). Notoriously difficult to program theatrically, shorts may be receiving increased exposure these days via the Academy-nominated (live-action and animated) groups that get a small release yearly, and the even more rare program from The World According to Shorts, but the overall exposure remains miniscule compared to that of full-length features.|
At the Q& A following a showing during the Tribeca fest (but held at the Italian Cultural Center on Park Avenue), the director explained that her movie takes place at a transition in the younger sister's life, "a kind of turning point between childhood and adulthood at which innocence is lost. I wanted to talk about that loss," said Ms di Tocco." Because she acted as both director and producer, di Tocco explained how she tried to obtain public funding with little success; eventually she turned to people who believed in the project and managed to get some money from them, as well as from her savings and from some borrowing.
Of the cast, the three young people are all first-timers to film; only TV and film actor Francesco Siciliano (as the young boy's dad) has previous credits (and a lot of them!). Do di Tocco and Estreve have another feature in the works? Yes indeed, the two filmmakers smiled down at us from the platform as di Tocco explained, "Enrique and I have already started on a feature, but it is now only in its very early stages."
If their next work proves anything as accomplished as Sunspots, we can look forward to a film worth seeing.